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Wade Phillips, Roy Williams say carrying pads is non-issue

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.”

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27 Responses to “Wade Phillips, Roy Williams say carrying pads is non-issue”
  1. njhitman says: Jul 26, 2010 6:48 PM

    Dez said i’ll beat your ass Roy carry your own dam pads .

  2. The_Game_Esq says: Jul 26, 2010 6:49 PM

    Please. Some other team start TC. This is the worst non-story ever.

  3. sportsyack says: Jul 26, 2010 6:50 PM

    Listen, Cowboy veterans. If you want to haze Dez Bryant, poo-poo on this carrying Roy Williams pads around, and instead, make Mr. Bryant dress up like a prostitute and have him walk the streets of Dallas for an evening.

  4. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 26, 2010 6:52 PM

    What kind of pads are we talking…the ones that Williams shoves in his vagina before he goes over the middle?

  5. Howboutdemcowboys says: Jul 26, 2010 6:53 PM

    “We don’t haze . . . I didnt like it when I was in college . . . if you want to participate in it or you don’t, that’s your prerogative.” . . . I’m sick of Wavering Wade not taking a stance on ANYTHING you can’t say in the same quote that you do not haze, then say if you want to participate in it that’s your prerogative!!!!
    BTW genius you misspelled prerogative.

  6. footballseason! says: Jul 26, 2010 6:54 PM

    The only hazing I’ve ever seen as worthwhile was the haircut they vets gave Brian Cushing!

  7. hendeeze says: Jul 26, 2010 6:55 PM

    Of course its not a big deal Roy, you suck
    MATT MILLEN > JERRY JONES

  8. KingJoe! says: Jul 26, 2010 6:56 PM

    It has nothing to do with task of carrying the pad. This is about understanding that you need to earn your way onto a team. Dez can say what he thinks is the right thing; this is about winning, not about carrying pads. However, that says to me that he believes he is entitled to his position in the NFL, as opposed to that fact that he needs to earn it.

  9. Dave says: Jul 26, 2010 6:56 PM

    Did he ask him to carry his tampons too?

  10. edgy says: Jul 26, 2010 7:09 PM

    I think Jerry had a little sit down with Williams, who had vowed to take this to “Phase II” after Dez’s snub and that’s why he’s back off.

  11. SeriousRadio says: Jul 26, 2010 7:12 PM

    Nice fumble by Phillips. Hazing IS a big thing at the player level. That’s how rookies earn the respect of the vets. The vets wanna see what kind of character the rooks have. They found out that Bryant is self-centered. He better have outstanding ability, cos no one has his back right now.

  12. ICEWALKER says: Jul 26, 2010 7:13 PM

    OK, let’s put this out there. What would have happened if Michael Irvin asked Dez to carry his pads while Irvin was playing?
    A. Bryant still would have said no.
    B. Bryant would have said no and Emmitt Smith would have said, “Oh yes you are. You are a rookie. Oh, and carry my pads as well.” Then Leon Lett, Jay Novacek, and Troy Aikman would have said carry their pads as well.
    C. Bryant would have said, “Yes sir.” and it would have been a no story.
    D. Other (explain)

  13. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jul 26, 2010 7:17 PM

    “Wade Phillips, Roy Williams say carrying pads is non-issue”
    Of course it isn’t… Wade has his IPad and Roy has his maxi-pads. They can carry them without Dez’s assistance.

  14. jjared1101 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:18 PM

    Boo Hoo… now what are we going to talk about?
    I heard that Tony Romo farted during film study and didn’t blame it on one of the rookies. It’s a time honored tradition though and Romo should follow through with the “whoever smelt it delt it” protocol.

  15. thebootguy says: Jul 26, 2010 7:21 PM

    They left out the part of Wade’s answer ” And no matter what you all think, Jerry Jones didn’t make us say this ! ” ! Meanwhile, the rest of the team still thinks Dez Bryant is a DIVA!!!

  16. 90ragtop says: Jul 26, 2010 7:22 PM

    “As far as certain traditions that go — if you want to participate in it or you don’t, that’s your preogorative…”
    ************
    “…so long as you were a first round draft pick and the future of our franchise hangs on your presence here.”

  17. brownsfn19 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:24 PM

    This idiot is WAY to into himself already…can you say T.O. 2.0 without the skill…

  18. promin1 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:28 PM

    “He was too big and too good.”….keyword there is WAS. Now he is just a cheapshot artist.

  19. robert ethen says: Jul 26, 2010 7:28 PM

    Yeah, but look what happened to Flo. Vengence served cold.

  20. OC Dave says: Jul 26, 2010 7:33 PM

    The next T.O. All about him and not the team.

  21. mstar says: Jul 26, 2010 7:35 PM

    Maybe Dez Bryant was a pizza delivery guy in high school…PAYBACK TIME!

  22. Buck Stallion says: Jul 26, 2010 7:39 PM

    Probably the smartest thing I’ve heard Wade Phillips say.

  23. hitdog042 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:41 PM

    yeah oc, because him not wanting to act like a servant makes him a TO.
    Moron.
    Roy Williams should worry more about making the team than having the guy who’s replacing him carry his pads.

  24. tombrookshire says: Jul 26, 2010 7:51 PM

    If it went by relative value to the team, Williams should have carried Bryant’s pads…. and liked it.

  25. jjared1101 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:57 PM

    Hazing IS a big thing at the player level. That’s how rookies earn the respect of the vets. The vets wanna see what kind of character the rooks have. They found out that Bryant is self-centered. He better have outstanding ability, cos no one has his back right now.
    ————-
    EHHHHHH………….wrong.
    Rookies earn the respect of the vets by the way that they play on the field.
    And who came out and said that no one had his back? You want to make stuff up? I can do the same thing too!
    I heard that the entire team is fed up with Roy Williams dumb antics and acting like he’s earned the respect of the team when he’s done nothing for them. See, i can do it too!

  26. tommyboyone says: Jul 26, 2010 7:59 PM

    Was this idiot the first player to practice today? NO!!! Guess we see what his attention span is, the same as a gnat. If Cowpukes didn’t draft him can you say: 4th round!

  27. DCViking says: Jul 26, 2010 8:01 PM

    # ICEWALKER says: July 26, 2010 7:13 PM
    OK, let’s put this out there. What would have happened if Michael Irvin asked Dez to carry his pads while Irvin was playing?
    A. Bryant still would have said no.
    B. Bryant would have said no and Emmitt Smith would have said, “Oh yes you are. You are a rookie. Oh, and carry my pads as well.” Then Leon Lett, Jay Novacek, and Troy Aikman would have said carry their pads as well.
    C. Bryant would have said, “Yes sir.” and it would have been a no story.
    D. Other (explain)
    —————————————–
    I choose option D —- something much worse.
    Let’s not forget it Michael Irvin who damn near sliced dude’s head off as part rookie head shaving ritual.

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