Dallas Cowboys: NFL culture reaction 131106

Scandrick on Dolphins: Fault both ways

November, 6, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- The Miami Dolphins drama has created an array of emotions from NFL players.

The Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team after he allegedly treated a teammate, tackle Jonathan Martin, unprofessionally. Sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Martin checked himself into a Miami hospital because of emotional distress.

The level of hazing has raised questions about the conduct in NFL locker rooms.

Is there a problem?

"I don't think so," Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. "I don't know what happened down in Miami, but you got to put some fault on both ways. As a man, when you come into work you got to stand up for yourself, at some point. This is a different kinda place to be. This is a different kind of atmosphere to be in and I think as a man you come in here and you kinda earn your respect. Nothing should be given to you. It's hard to get into this locker room."

Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden also didn't know much about the incidents with the Dolphins, but said after a rookie is hazed it should stop the next season.

"No one should be bullying anyone," Hayden said. "But he was not even a first-year player anymore, he was a second-year player. We’re all grown men around here, there’s no need for people pushing other people around."

Did Jones take care of Bryant's rookie dinner?

November, 5, 2013
So did Dez Bryant actually pay for the famous $54,000 dinner bill back in 2010?

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones didn’t mention Bryant by name, but in answering a question about rookie hazing, he noted a rookie player having a famed restaurant lower the bill.

Back in 2010, Bryant, then a rookie, refused to carry the shoulder pads of veteran receiver Roy Williams. It was a tradition for the rookie players to carry shoulder pads of veterans after training camp practices, and once they made the 53-man roster, to pay for a huge dinner with their position group.

After the Cowboys returned to Dallas to start their season, Williams and several other veteran players went to Pappa Bros. Steakhouse and made sure Bryant had the dinner of his life.

When the night was over, Bryant had a tab of $54,896.

Or did he?

“I’ve had to ask a couple of times, a couple of places out here to rethink, let’s say a liquor bill,” Jones said on KRLD-FM on Tuesday morning. “They’ve taken a rookie out and hung him with a huge liquor bill. I might tell you one of the finest businesses in this town who may have charged one of our rookies too much -- well, a lot of money, they just absolutely took it off the bill and gave it to him. When he had an enormous, for any of our standards, charge, that business gave it to him. It was Pappa Steakhouse, to give you an idea. That’s having compassion. It was overdone, and they just decided we’ll make our contribution to the do-right rule here.”

No word from Bryant as to whether he did pay for the entire bill, but at that time, several veteran players did help pay for a portion of it.

However, one player who attended the dinner said in a text message: "nobody paid, but from what I heard, Jerry picked it up."

Cowboys: Bullying not an issue for us

November, 5, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Like a lot of teams, the Dallas Cowboys have their rookies sing during training camp. During the season, the rookies are responsible for picking up food before the team’s charter flights. And there are also offensive and defensive meals that are split between all the rookies.

When apprised of alleged events with the Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, Cowboys rookie running back Joseph Randle was somewhat taken back.

“I can imagine things like that happen,” Randle said, "but we don’t really have that problem here.”

Coach Jason Garrett did not know the specifics of what happened between Incognito and Martin, but said the Cowboys have resources in place that players can use for any situation that arises.

“There’s some things that have happened in football for a long, long time,” Garrett said. “Rookies singing at dinner, rookies carrying shoulder pads, rookies buying fried chicken as you go to the airplane, all that stuff. That’s been around forever and that’s part of the process and part of what this league has been about for a long, long time. Hopefully it’s always done in a way where it’s developing team camaraderie and team chemistry and it’s good for your team. If it comes close to crossing the line, it certainly has to be addressed. I haven’t seen it like that in my career as a player, as a coach. You try to keep your eye on any of those kinds of things but I haven’t really seen it being an issue in the past.”

Brandon Carr has not seen an issue with bullying or hazing in his time with the Cowboys or Kansas City Chiefs.

“I just know in locker rooms I’ve been in it’s been in good fashion, just simple things just a do-boy, go do this, go do that, jokes and things like that,” Carr said. “Nothing serious or personal or attacking anything outside of football. Just a rites of passage what you go through … But I just know you don’t want that type of drama in your locker room between any players or one player being an outcast because that can spread to on the field and he probably has people supporting him in his corner that’s in the locker room and you don’t want that type of commotion in the locker room.”