For ten straight minutes, Wade Phillips answered questions about Dez Bryant not carrying Roy Williams’ pads yesterday. The look on his face went from bemused to exasperated by the end before a Cowboys staffer mercifully ended the mostly pointless proceedings.
“It’s a non-issue,” Phillips said. “Not a problem with either of them or our football team.”
Phillips was told at some point that the story led a newscast in Toronto, but he didn’t know what the fuss was about. Phillips also defended Bryant’s right to do as he pleased.
“We don’t haze. That’s it,” Phillips said. “I didnt like it when I was in college. We treat our men like men. As far as certain traditions that go — if you want to participate in it or you don’t, that’s your preogorative. . . . Anytime you make someone uncomfortable, that is [going] too far.”
For those scoring at home, Bryant didn’t carry Williams’ pads off the field on Monday. Williams says it isn’t a big deal, according to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News.
Phillips pointed out that Bryant wouldn’t be the first rookie to do his own thing.
“Flozell [Adams] didnt do one thing. You don’t have to,” Phillips said. “I dont think they ostracized Flozell. He was too big and too good.”