Phillips: $55K feasts OK when I'm invited

IRVING, Texas – Wade Phillips made it clear that he doesn’t like rookie hazing after Dez Bryant’s refusal to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads became international news during training camp.

How does the coach feel about a first-round pick picking up a $55,000 check that his veteran teammates ran up?

“It’s OK with me if I’m invited,” Phillips joked. “I wasn’t invited.”

Phillips reiterated his stance that he doesn’t believe in humiliating rookies for the sake of hazing. But he didn’t see Monday’s five-figure feast at Pappas Bros. as a problem.

“You treat them as people, not little kids,” Phillips said. “But there are certain traditions that I think are fine as long as everybody goes along with it.”

For the record, Phillips had a sandwich for dinner Monday night as he worked at Valley Ranch.

Phillips isn’t sure about a dollar figure for the biggest dinner check he’s ever paid. He’s sure that it’s one from one of the annual dinners his wife Laurie treats the rest of the coaches’ wives to at The Mansion.

“I don’t even want to know,” Phillips said when asked for a ballpark figure on the price.