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Dez Bryant's alleged diva act in St. Louis is disputed

We pointed out last night that Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently observed in an online chat that receiver Dez Bryant “pulled the diva act” while visiting the Rams.

Per Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Thomas’ account is being disputed.

“Bryant visited St. Louis after being in San Francisco,” Watkins writes.  “Before leaving
for St. Louis, Bryant ate dinner at the airport in the San Francisco
area.  When Bryant got to the Rams complex he was asked to go out for
dinner, but declined the invite because he wasn’t hungry.”

Of course, this explanation could be coming from Bryant’s camp.  The Rams may have a different version unrelated to whether Bryant declined to break bread with the Rams’ brass.

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41 Responses to “Dez Bryant's alleged diva act in St. Louis is disputed”
  1. CJ says: Apr 22, 2010 11:05 AM

    sheesh…it’s a job interview. if they want to eat just go if you’re not hungry, don’t eat.

  2. Gröfaz says: Apr 22, 2010 11:08 AM

    Weak… Your take that is, not the explanation.

  3. birdmancometh says: Apr 22, 2010 11:09 AM

    Um, yeah, the Rams aren’t taking Bryant

  4. Citizen Strange says: Apr 22, 2010 11:09 AM

    “OK, but I’ll just have a salad.”/fixed

  5. litemater says: Apr 22, 2010 11:09 AM

    He just got in from being in San Francisco and talking to Michael Crabtree.

  6. overkil2 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:10 AM

    You don’t decline the offer regardless. You go and just order a small dinner. Not a very bright move.

  7. Krow says: Apr 22, 2010 11:11 AM

    Sounds like an “ut oh… I may have cost myself some money.. time to lie” moment.
    It’s right up there with Rolando McClain’s miraculous Crohn’s Disease cure.

  8. Michael LaRocca says: Apr 22, 2010 11:12 AM

    Not eating is a diva act? Well, I guess we’ll never accuse JaMarcus Russell of being a diva.

  9. beer_beer_beer_beer says: Apr 22, 2010 11:12 AM

    So the Rams didn’t secure his cell number?

  10. devomania says: Apr 22, 2010 11:13 AM

    Clearly, this is something we should be worrying about.

  11. CT Pats Fan says: Apr 22, 2010 11:13 AM

    Sounds to me like the Rams are hoping he’s available with the first pick on day 2.

  12. sniperhare says: Apr 22, 2010 11:14 AM

    If I were an NFL player I would act like a diva at St. Louis, Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa. They are all going to suck for the next couple of years.

  13. brasho says: Apr 22, 2010 11:14 AM

    I heard he ate Mexican food in San Fran and when they asked if he wanted to go out to dinner in St. Louis, he lifted up his cheek, let out a huge fart and said, “Nope, still don’t have enough room,” then he asked Billy Devaney to pull his finger.
    Now this is just a rumor, but it’s draft day, and every rumor has a little bit of truth to it.

  14. CJV123 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:14 AM

    Thomas better hope he’s right, or he should lose his job.

  15. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Apr 22, 2010 11:15 AM

    Lol. Just get a salad.

  16. mustbechris says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    i rolled my eyes when the “diva” thing was brought up in the first place cause the dude who reported it originally didn’t give ANY specifics, and “diva routine” is pretty vague without that. i didn’t buy it and i still don’t.

  17. holycow says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    Who cares whether it’s true or not? It’s only the kids livelihood that’s at stake.
    I really hate this part of the draft.

  18. Popeye says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    bryant is stupid….his workout sucked and he will be a pain in the a-ss……

  19. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    what is this diva act he pulled exactly?

  20. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    Sounds like he doesn’t want to play in a dingy dome. If St. Louis had a stadium to play in it would probably be alot more attractive.

  21. FireJerryJones says: Apr 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    Nobody gives an itinerary anymore? Perhaps if they tell the kid we’re going to meet over dinner… he makes different plans.
    Bryant’s problems seem to come from stupidity or misunderstandings rather than mean spirit.

  22. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    This makes someone a Diva? This deserves a big “child please”

  23. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Apr 22, 2010 11:22 AM

    I believe this one. I’ll bet Bryant’s “camp” never taught him the social or language skills on how to handle a situation like this. I seriously doubt he was being a diva or a prick.

  24. robert ethan says: Apr 22, 2010 11:28 AM

    Of the 11 people in his entourage, only his personal hairstylist and the masseur who travels with him were hungry at the time.

  25. TJ Rubley says: Apr 22, 2010 11:30 AM

    And if my Aunt had a package she would be my Uncle .

  26. jwill007 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:32 AM

    incredible smoke screen to cause him to drop to Dallas or Bmore…LOL
    Hilarious how they attack these kids in an effort to get them…..just terrible

  27. 69ers says: Apr 22, 2010 11:33 AM

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire..

  28. robert ethan says: Apr 22, 2010 11:35 AM

    Apparently there was only room at the restaurant for 8 members of his entourage. His hairstylist, masseur, and two of the personal assistants would have had to dine elsewhere.

  29. TexansMike says: Apr 22, 2010 11:37 AM

    Maybe he just doesn’t want to be on a losing team

  30. robert ethan says: Apr 22, 2010 11:50 AM

    All this “diva” talk stems from Dez love of classic opera. He knows the parts by heart, including the female ones. From time to time, he will break out in overdramatic song, miming the actions.
    Of course when he does one of the “Fat Lady Sings” routines and collapses on the floor “dead” afterwards, the talk starts up again.

  31. East Bay Ray says: Apr 22, 2010 11:52 AM

    Florio says: “Per Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Thomas’ account is being disputed.”
    But, the thing is, Thomas has no account of it to dispute. He relays vague hearsay that you published and cited him as the source. Because Bryant already has a questionable character, you and others seem to just assume it to be true that he’s a “diva”. What exactly did he do here? Turn down a dinner invitation? I realize this is a rumor mill, but sometimes you really descend to teenage girl gossip.
    BTW, so what if he is a diva? Jerry Rice was a diva. So was Michael Irvin. So is Randy Moss. The list goes on and on.

  32. HarrisonHits says: Apr 22, 2010 11:52 AM

    Still not very smart not to go have dinner with the people who could make you the #1 pick in the draft.
    Nothing says you have to eat very much but the team clearly wanted to get him in a more social type setting than at their facility and he should have gone along with it.
    Doesn’t make him a diva though, just not as quick on the uptake as you would hope a high pick would be.

  33. Adam says: Apr 22, 2010 11:54 AM

    HAH! That’s pretty damn funny. Seems like it’d be easy to hustle this kid.

  34. Coach Stram says: Apr 22, 2010 12:06 PM

    “If you’re one of us, Costanza, you’ll have a bite………..”

  35. djmoore914 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    It’s really annoying when you have to click 3 different links to even follow the story, especially when I can’t even find what the story is about.

  36. QJ1984 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:40 PM

    LMAO @ how PFT jumped on the so called diva act in the first place. The guy who reported it didnt even say what the diva act was. Thats real crediable, he should go undrafted.
    If what is coming out of Dallas is true then I see no problem at all. The ONLY thing it shows me is that he does not have much experience with job interviews. Given his history that doesnt surprise me.
    People will find anything to try to knock these kids down. He doesnt want to eat with us, he’s a diva. He did go eat with us and he ran the bill up to high, he’s greedy. Can the guy catch a freaking football? Thats all you need to know.

  37. drbob1117 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:43 PM

    Dez isn’t really a diva, he’s just kind of a moron…In between dealing drugs his Mom should have taught him “Son, when you go to a job interview, and they ask you to dinner , the dinner is part of/all of the job interview.”

  38. heartstl says: Apr 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    So what did he do at the Rams complex while everyone was eating? Did he just arrive and leave?

  39. axolotl says: Apr 22, 2010 1:04 PM

    Could we please have more detail on this situation? Much, much more?

  40. Drat says: Apr 22, 2010 1:06 PM

    Dez doesn’t want to go to dinner with the folks who might draft him because he ate at least 4 hours ago in San Francisco?? That’s Diva with a capital D. Even if you are full, go to dinner, order an appetizer or a bowl of soup. Talk to your hosts, get to know them, be a real person. “I last ate so long ago my food is now halfway down my small intestine, but sorry guys, let’s chat or meet some other time after I enjoy my hotel room and the bathroom mirror.”

  41. RaiderhateR4Life says: Apr 22, 2010 1:27 PM

    Litemater— yeah because Michael Crabtree has a big mouth too right? Right?… No not right, go find something negative Crabtree has said in his career, you will be googling for a long time and come up short. Don’t buy into Florio’s bull s*** “Diva Acts” he’s talking out of his a$$ because he has nothing else to write about.

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