Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said this week that he was furious when, as a rookie, veteran players stuck him with a $55,000 dinner tab. That raises a question: How do you spend $55,000 on one dinner?
Very easily, according to former Cowboys receiver Jesse Holley, who was one of the players who ran up that tab on Bryant. Holley told 105.3 The Fan that he and other players ordered liquor that ran $1,300 a shot. Seriously, $1,300 for one shot of liquor.
“There’s one called the Louis XIII Rare Cask. They only have about 50 bottles in the world. Two of them were in Texas. One of them is in Houston and the other one was at Pappas Bros. For one shot, it was $1,300 dollars. It’s Cognac. They brought it out in this case where they had to push a button and it opened up illuminating. They had to serve it in white gloves,” Holley said, via the Dallas Morning News.
Holley left before the bill came, but he said his understanding was that it was split among all the rookies, not just footed by Bryant. That’s not how Bryant remembers it; Bryant said this week that “I paid $55,000 for a dinner, and it struck me the wrong way.”
But while Bryant wasn’t happy, it sounds like Holley enjoyed himself.
“I’m not a drinker, but when they said it was $1,300 a shot, I said I’m not missing this opportunity to say I drank something that cost $1,300. It was really, really, really smooth and you don’t need much of it to hit you,” Holley said.
Holley also said players were ordering $90 steaks, $120 lobsters, and expensive champagne that they proceeded to pour in the flower pots at the restaurant. The veteran players apparently thought they were being funny. Bryant had every right to be furious.