Payback time: Dez Bryant's $54,896 dinner

It’s been a great week for Dallas receiver Roy Williams.

He had his best statistical day as a member of the Cowboys on Sunday, then he got revenge on rookie wideout Dez Bryant for that whole pads-carrying training camp incident.

At the time, Williams said it was no big deal if Bryant just took the team out to dinner.  So Bryant ultimately offered to bring the offense to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Monday night, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. 

Williams decided to invite the defense as well.  With all the extra mouths to feed and some take home bottles of wine, the bill came to $54,896. 

“They got the young fella,” Bryant’s adviser David Wells said. “What
could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a
month.”

Wells clearly hasn’t washed dishes before.  At minimum wage salary in Texas and 40 hours a week, Bryant would be working until 2014 at least to pay that tab off.

Luckily for Bryant, he should be headed for his second NFL contract by then.

109 responses to “Payback time: Dez Bryant's $54,896 dinner

  1. Now that’s a hell of a tip! Now if Roy was stuck with that bill, history shows he woulda stiffed the waiter/waitress!

  2. I would’ve preferred to see these ultra-zillionaires pay for their own meals and tell Bryant to give the $54,896 to a worthwhile charity.

  3. I heard the reason it cost so much is because Roy Williams kept dropping his plate, and they had to keep bringing him new ones.

  4. Enjoy it – won’t be a Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in business in 20 years when the vast majority of people will all be making roughly the same amount of money – which will be not a whole lot. Olive Garden? You bet. Pappas Bros.? Not a chance.
    Ah, but at least we’ll all get to go to the doctor or dentist after having waited 3 months for an appointment – free if charge. And, if we lose that 30-40k per year job, we’ll get perennial unemployment compensation. Oh, goody! It’ll be so much better then!
    But, holy mackerel – what a tab that was!!!

  5. Way to show that you dummies need to make more money for stupid trips like this.
    Couldn’t expect more from this team of stupid losers.

  6. Even if he took the entire 53-man roster, that is more than $1,000 per man…which seems a bit high. Even if you claim that there was a 20% gratuity ($9,000), that still averages close to $800 per plate.
    It’s a good thing these guys belong to a union, otherwise they might really be struggling to make ends meet.

  7. Wow, there are 53 guys on the team. Even with everyone showing up for dinner that is still over a $1000 per dude. That must have been some steakhouse.

  8. No offense Gregg, but stories like this just make the NFL look like a bunch of d-bags. How long is it going to be before Dez starts complaining about his contract and how he feels he should be paid more. The tab for that dinner is a lot more than most people I know make in a year. After reading this, I have absolutely no sympathy for the players and their salaries or lack of one.

  9. I live in a completely different world than these over paid guys, WOW!!!!! that’s an expensive dinner.

  10. And they want to have a Lock out? Seriously!! They would not be having this problem if they knew how to spend money and have a budget like us middle class people!

  11. If refusing to carry pads costs $54,896, what does Roy Williams owe for all the dropped balls and bad routes he’s ran the last couple years? He makes $13 mil this year compared to Bryant’s $3 mil, so for him to invite the defense and not even offer to help Bryant foot the bill is a dick move.
    Hope Dez takes Roy out for a farewell supper when he takes his job and Roy gets the axe.

  12. $1035.77 per person? It sure is nice that NFL fans can afford to pay rookie players like Bryant outrageous salaries so they in turn can afford to take their teammates out for $1,000+ dinners. I hope they all got the spurting runs!

  13. what else could he do, wash dishes for a month? $54K to wash dishes for a month??? where do i sign up!?!?!?!??!

  14. Is this supposed to be funny? These people spend 54k on a meal and want us to take them seriously? Haynesworth is paid $100 mil and complains he’s treated like a slave. Mankins turns down $6-7 mil and pouts on his farm.
    Incredible!
    And we still pay the bill? Guess the idiot tag fits here the best.

  15. If he brought the whole team of 53, he spent over $1000 per person. It wasn’t the team that soaked him, it was the restaurant.

  16. yup, oh how I want to defend the players in this lock out. Dude just had a dinner for over a years salary for many of us rubes. Line up rubes,,,,,,,,,,nfl wants your money. Keep dishing it out so the owners and players don’t go hungry.

  17. That’s hilarious. Some expensive pads there bro……..
    HOW MUCH WAS THE TIP?
    Get your scoop on PFT

  18. Hauschild says:
    September 28, 2010 3:31 PM
    Enjoy it – won’t be a Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in business in 20 years when the vast majority of people will all be making roughly the same amount of money – which will be not a whole lot. Olive Garden? You bet. Pappas Bros.? Not a chance.
    Ah, but at least we’ll all get to go to the doctor or dentist after having waited 3 months for an appointment – free if charge. And, if we lose that 30-40k per year job, we’ll get perennial unemployment compensation. Oh, goody! It’ll be so much better then!
    _______________________________
    Get off your political soapbox.

  19. @ 90ragtop
    Most NFL players aren’t even millionaires. They get paid slightly above league minimum and are out of the league after just a few seasons. After paying agents/managers and taxes, it doesn’t amount to “zillionaire” status.

  20. He tried a Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisante exit but failed to discharge his weapon or hit the waiter demanding a 15% tip with a rock big enough to commit blunt force trauma murder.

  21. I treat my friends to dinner all the time, I don’t understand what the big deal is. Grant it, I only have three friends and dinner consists of any two items off the dollar menu.

  22. Hey zukith..the dude is right…think it’s bad now? Wiat till all those employers drop your sorry marxist a$$ in lieu of paying the 8k fee to the marxist-socialists running Washington, DC under our illegally seated president, who was NOT born in the US but now has our economy on the brink of collapse in just a mere 18 months.
    Good show for ignoring the obvious d-bag!

  23. You should see Nate Newton today, he doesn’t even look like the same person he lost so much weight.
    On the socialism post – let’s count down together, 2 more years, then damage control. What a joke.
    Has anyone paid any attention to how well Dez is playing? The dude’s hands are like fly traps. His catches are so effortless like Moss, but has body control like Irvin. Seriously, look out.

  24. Dbellina says:
    September 28, 2010 4:19 PM
    I treat my friends to dinner all the time, I don’t understand what the big deal is. Grant it, I only have three friends and dinner consists of any two items off the dollar menu.
    ————————————————-
    Don’t quit your day job! Comedy just isn’t for you.

  25. Until I see a reciept I won’t believe this story. I sincerely doubt the restaurant had over $55,000 of inventory on hand.
    And can we please leave the politics out of the comments unless there is some relevance? I’m sick to death of every post having people commenting on health care reform. This is a football website, were we go to get away from the political knuckleheads spouting off everywhere else.
    Keep football apolitical!

  26. The funny thing is that ya’ll complain about these high price football players, yet ya’ll keep on feeding the beast!
    Advertisements, watching the game, jersey sales, ticket prices, we are the ones that gives these atheletes and organizations the incentives to do dumb stuff. If you dont like it stop watching football and buying all the nfl endorser’s products.

  27. Shows what a bunch a pigs these Cowboy players are. Can you imagines the amount of booze they drank to run up a $1000 per person tab. Joke. Donate the money to charity pigs.

  28. ipeefreely says:
    September 28, 2010 4:27 PM
    Has anyone paid any attention to how well Dez is playing? The dude’s hands are like fly traps. His catches are so effortless like Moss, but has body control like Irvin. Seriously, look out.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Agreed. Dez will become a beast. I like the comparisons too. I think he has Moss-like hands/speed with Irvin-like toughness/heart. He will put alot of fear into opposing defenses by next season.
    cue the haters….

  29. 1000 a plate 1000 a plate….people get shwasted at places like this too…and im sure the booze was expensive.

  30. Then they hooked up with Michael Irvin and headed over to the white house for hookers and coke. Glad to see Bryant paid attention in the rookie symposium about being careful with his money.

  31. You guys need to loosen up. It’s their money, they earn, they can spend it the way they want. And by the way, much of the tab was for some very expensive wine that was bottled and taken home by a few of the players to increase Dez’s pain. He’s a great kid and is going to be the game’s next big superstar.

  32. You guys are all morons. It’s a rookie hazing dinner. These guys took bottles of booze to go with them. Marcellus Wiley just said they did the same thing to LaDainian Tomlinson his rookie year. Got him for a 32k bill and people ordered bottles of Moet to go.

  33. uh.. to everyone asking if he left a tip..have you been out to a nice restaurant… EVER.. lol..any large parties, they automatically include the tip in the bill, you have no choice so there is a slim to none chance he left a 5$ tip…

  34. Everyone in here should re-read their posts… JEALOUSY is running wild.
    Seriously, is anyone in here really that upset about this or more upset that they cannot be a part of it?
    If I made millions and all of my friends and co-workers also made millions — better believe I’d be poppin bottles and living a life that only a select few are fortunate enough to live.
    I’m not a millionaire and don’t get to live this lifestyle but I would love to. I don’t hate these guys for doing it. I’m thinking more along the lines of “good for you, at least some of us can live like kings”
    Why don’t all you whiners look at it this way — Dez just did his part to stimulate the economy, maybe now the president can try doing his part!!
    Everyone that made a claim about this being disgusting should consider the pro’s and con’s economically. If all out our athletes, movie stars, and CEO’s lived like scrubs, we’d be in worse shape. We need these money pumpers to keep the juices flowing.
    Party on.

  35. This is ridiculous. These fools need to take better care of their money. Where the hell were his mentors at?

  36. They got the young fella,” Bryant’s adviser David Wells said. “What could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a month.”
    wow where in the heck can i wash dishes for a month for that kind of money shoot me the address

  37. I think I will be siding with the owners on the labor crisis. Making some kid pay 54 grand for dinner is retarded. I know hes rich, but damn man thats messed up. Just another reason to hate the cowboys. Im sure roy called the press and said, Look what I did, im cool. He can go to hell with the rest of the boys. Dez can come play in green bay where he will be loved and wont have to pay for anything.

  38. whats the big deal? they probably just ordered one bottle of wine (1847 Château D’Yquem Sauternes for $52,000, taken straight from their wine list on the website) and passed it around and sipped straight from the bottle. ha ha.

  39. What idiots…..exactly why 95% of NBA, NFL, and Rap Stars are broke in a relatively short time.
    This is probably not to uncommon.
    Right up there with the idiot who lost his diamond earrings on the practice field.

  40. Umad PFT? Umad that a black man stimulated the economy out of his own pocket more than most of you do in a year? Oh yeah, umad. AND… u jelly too.

  41. Damn where to start…..
    First, what is all this political BS on here??? Dont we come to this site to escape that political garbage. Socialist and Healthcare reform. C’mon, get a friggin life.
    Second, now thats a big damn tab!! I think it is very funny. And hey, its his damn money to spend so get over it. And then to put it on the Cowboys??? Like other teams players dont drop serious dollars on parties. Get a damn life and stay out of other peoples life.
    I hate the iggles but if Mike Vick wants to drop 50k on a party, its his money, his life……long if dogs aint involved 🙂

  42. @ Burns41 September 28, 2010 5:26 PM
    ————————
    Are you aware that 78% of NFL players go bankrupt within two years of retirement?

  43. Geez people. Other teams do this too. It’s not just the Dallas Cowboys athletes that spend a ridiculous amount of money.

  44. It is DEZ’s money and he can afford it. It has nothing to do with the Boyz or him. Ochocinco flew from cinci yesterday to surprise his son in LA and then flew back that night… he has the money to do it. same with DEZ.

  45. # LunarPie says: September 28, 2010 3:56 PM
    This story just shows how black athletes treat money. You’re headed for bankruptcy Dez!
    ======================================
    Yeah, because Bernie Kosar, Mark Brunell, Jeremy Shockey, and several other WHITE athletes are all BLACK.
    Your narrow minded, internet tough-guy racism is showing. How about you leave it at the door, or join BlueEyedDevils in the corner…

  46. Damn, thats a dick move by roy williams and the rest of the guys. 54,000 for a rookie hazing stunt? Sounds a little over the top for me. Not to mention it makes the players look awful during a recession. Why is roy williams hazing people anyways. Its a joke hes even still in the league, i could see demarcus ware hazing a rookie, hes earned his stripes, roy hasnt.

  47. Dez… just keep moving.
    You’ll be fine.
    They weren’t busting on you they were baptizing you.
    Roy Williams wouldn’t take someone to the $4.99 Family Buffet.

  48. Any time a friend of mine insists on paying for lunch or dinner, half of the joke is in threatening to order Steak and Lobster. This is no different from that but on a millionaire scale.
    Some of you are acting like they literally put money in a pile and set fire to it, or bought an expensive car and then ran it off a building. This is a situation where nobody loses, especially the waitstaff which probably went home with giant tip money.

  49. @90ragtop no one who plays for the cowboys is an “ultra-zillionaire.” The only one worth more than a billion is Jerry… WHICH IS WHY I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE CALL THE PLAYERS GREEDY TAKE THE OWNERS’ SIDE IN LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
    Or vote for any Republican tax plans, for that matter. Seriously, people, wake up and smell the money. NFL players are not exactly the top of the food chain. 2/3 of all American wealth is held by the top 10% of the wealthiest… but 1/3 of it is held by the top 1%! Basically the same amount as the bottom 90%.
    I bet Jerry spends this much on housekeeping for his mansion every week.

  50. what are you people bitching about? You f’ing KNOW they make a ton of money. With this “little prank” they probably spread it around to more hard working people than they would have if they’d have gone out and bought some shiny shit with it. There’s plenty in the world to be pissed about – but this is not one of them. Jeez…

  51. @TP7
    Why do you think all I can afford is the dollar menu?
    Doesn’t Chad Ochocinco do something like this, but for fans? I heard he always randomly shows up somewhere and treats people to dinner.

  52. man the over the top outrage is pathetic. Dez Bryant was pranked and took it like a man. This dinner will play huge with his teammates for years no matter where he plays. He makes the money that can afford it. He was supposed to take the offense but was sandbagged by Williams (who still seems like a real dyck to me) who invited everyone. Youo knew that none of his teammates were ordering the afternoon specials.
    get over your outrage

  53. I could cover my $1000 share easily.
    http://www.pappasbros.com/location/?id=92
    Typical fancy steakhouse, imagine the liquor was a bit of the tab.
    Then again you have:
    Appetizer:
    Prime Beef Carpaccio$17.95
    Pacific Blue Fin Tuna–Two Ways $13.95
    Main course:
    Grilled Double Lamb Chops $44.95 X2
    Fresh Asparagus $9.95
    Mashed Potatoes $7.95
    Roasted Wild Mushrooms $9.95
    Australian Cold Water Rock Lobster 16 oz. $74.95
    Dessert:
    creme brulée with assorted berries and hazelnut tuile 7.95
    Wash it down with a scotch – Bowmore 1957 200
    Or a dessert wine:
    2000 C hateau d’Yquem, Sauternes, France 900

  54. Dez Bryant is a stand up guy. Roy Williams is a childish prick. You don’t take $55K out of another man’s pocket on a prank. I don’t care how much money you all make.

  55. Just goes to show you.. how meaningless those “FINES” they get really are.
    and people need to stop hating.
    Oh, some rich guy paid for an expensive dinner. Remember that it’s millionaires tackling millionaires on the field. I’m sure Dez won’t go broke anytime soon.. he looks like he’ll be fine. He has the talent.

  56. “Nick B says: September 28, 2010 4:37 PM
    It was only 20 K for dinner, 35 K for hookers and blow; cause that’s how they roll down there in Big D.”
    You’re damn straight we do.

  57. “Aaron says: September 28, 2010 4:36 PM
    Until I see a reciept I won’t believe this story. I sincerely doubt the restaurant had over $55,000 of inventory on hand.”
    Again, ROFL.
    Scroll up a few posts and check out the menu. You can spend almost that amount on a single bottle of wine at that place if you want to. Dez got off easy. They could have got him for $100k+ at Pappa’s Bros. if they really wanted to be assholes about it.

  58. You know why this is news, because it’s the Dallas Cowboys. No one gives a crap about what other teams players do. When you wear the silver star people want to talk about you good or bad. I have no problem with it only wish I had the cash to do the same.

  59. this is why I despise most NFL players. And when they go broke after 3 years in the league, they cry to the players union to pay their medical bills and pension for the rest of their lives.

  60. It’s a small wonder why these athletes are broke and in debt 2 or 3 years after leaving the league. The squander millions for stuff like this.

  61. Even to a millionaire 55k is ridiculous. Roy Williams is a jealous old scum bag. Dez just make sure to put sugar in his gas tank. Cut up a couple of suits with scissors. F his girlfriend. Just a prank dog.

  62. Slow Joe says:
    September 28, 2010 3:27 PM
    I bet he left a $5 tip.
    —I would say Roy got his revenge. Pretty sweet.

  63. As a die hard Cowboy fan I must say this is crap!
    Dez didn’t HAVE to pay for it. Roy has 1 good game as a Cowboy and thinks he’s “the man” now. He doesn’t realize the ONLY reason he’s making catches is cause they’re double teaming Austin and Whitten and taking notice to Bryant! They don’t expect him to actually CATCH anything, and when he does it’s a fluke!
    There’s hazing and there’s breaking the law. I woulda said, “*I* had XYZ charge the rest to the Dallas Cowboys.”. Just juvenile.

  64. BoMeister says:
    September 28, 2010 4:23 PM
    Hey zukith..the dude is right…think it’s bad now? Wiat till all those employers drop your sorry marxist a$$ in lieu of paying the 8k fee to the marxist-socialists running Washington, DC under our illegally seated president, who was NOT born in the US but now has our economy on the brink of collapse in just a mere 18 months.
    Good show for ignoring the obvious d-bag!
    ________________________
    Did I say I rejected what he was saying, or that I had any opinion on the matter at all? If you think you read between the lines of my 5 word sentence and discovered all my political ideas (marxist??), you failed miserably. My comment was made because this is obviously not a place for political discussion. You zealots have no idea how annoying and insane you are. You are an exact equivalent to the guy standing on the corner of a state fair yelling about the pending apocalypse to a bunch of randoms.

  65. And this, boys and girls, is why we stay home and watch the game in HD for free instead of paying $80 for a shitty seat at a stadium full of drunks to watch pampered pro athletes play a game.

  66. Football-head says:
    October 1, 2010 9:30 AM
    As a die hard Cowboy fan I must say this is crap!
    Dez didn’t HAVE to pay for it. Roy has 1 good game as a Cowboy and thinks he’s “the man” now. He doesn’t realize the ONLY reason he’s making catches is cause they’re double teaming Austin and Whitten and taking notice to Bryant! They don’t expect him to actually CATCH anything, and when he does it’s a fluke
    ——————————————–
    As a diehard Cowboys fan, you do know there is no “h” in Witten. But you’re a diehard fan, maybe I’m wrong

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