Thursday, September 30, 2010
Roy Williams: Don't blame me for dinner
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – The $55,000 feast paid for by Dez Bryant is somewhat of a sensitive subject for Roy Williams.
An innocent question about the dinner resulted in a lengthy response from Williams, who wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t primarily responsible for running up the bill Monday night at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Williams also felt the need to stress – again – that he doesn’t have a strained relationship with the rookie receiver who refused to carry his pads during training camp.
“I don’t understand why my name is associated with this whole ordeal,” Williams said of the dinner. “I mean, it’s the same offensive dinner that we’ve been doing, that every team does in the NFL. So I don’t know why my name is the single name in this thing.
“I have nothing against Dez; Dez has nothing against me. Like I said in training camp, I don’t want you guys to bang our heads together and try to make us hate each other. That’s not going to work.
“He didn’t take my pads. Whoop-de-doo. He didn’t take my pads. But he’s still out there as a punt returner, catching balls and doing things he needs to do, and I’m doing things I need to do to make this team better. So don’t associate me with being the bad guy with Dez and Dez being the bad guy with me, because that’s not what it is.”
It's understandable that Williams wants to make it clear that there is no animosity between him and Bryant, the first-round pick who will eventually replace Williams in the Cowboys' starting lineup.
But Williams, who recalls splitting a $10,000 check with fellow first-round pick Kevin Jones as a Lions rookie in 2004, did vow during camp that he’d be extra hungry and extra thirsty when he ate at Bryant's expense. So was that the case?
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I was,” Williams said with a laugh. “I ain’t ate in two days. I’m good.”