Male Prima Donna: Dez Bryant Refusing to Take Part in Rookie Hazing

Jeff ShullAnalyst IJuly 26, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts after 24-28 loss against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Early word out of Dallas is that Rookie Dez Bryant refused a simple rookie hazing task of carrying Roy Williams' shoulder pads.

What, were they too heavy for you? Is it that hard to put the face mask through the head hole and pick up the 10 pounds (if they even weigh that much)?

The first thing that everyone said when this guy came out of college is that he has character issues. He was suspended for the 2009 season after meeting with Deion Sanders.

Two days into training camp, instead of doing everything he can to refute those statements, he does this?

What does he have to say on the subject?

"I'm not doing it," Bryant said. "I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player's pads."

Well said champ. That's the way to win over your teammates, or did you forget that football was a team sport—53 players coming together with a unified mission to win a championship at all costs.

Apparently the opportunity cost of carrying someone shoulder pads is greater than the benefit one gets from bring on your teammates' good side.

"If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I'm here to play football. I'm here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone's pads. I'm saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone]."

Give me a break. You meant complete disrespect to Williams. It is becoming evident that you think you deserve a spot in the starting lineup and there should never have been any question to the contrary.

My advice to you is, nut up. Shut your mouth, pick up the pads, and go through the minor hazing like every other rookie before you. Otherwise, you're going to end up like that other wide receiver that put himself before the team.

You know, the guy who's in his late 30s and looking for work having already been scorned by both the Redskins and Patriots when he claimed he would play for them.

If there was one player I would try to avoid modeling my NFL career after, I think Terrell Owens is near the top of that list. Right next to Ryan Leaf.

It is not good news when after only two practices, you're doing your best T.O. impression.

News flash: You haven't played a down in the NFL. Start acting like it.


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