Dez Bryant and Roy Williams: An Indictment of Hazing

July 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Amid the reports that Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys refused to carry the shoulder pads of fellow wide receiver Roy Williams at training camp, one thing stands out.
Roy Williams cannot be trusted to hold on to anything.
And seriously, folks, that should be the takeaway.  A professional athlete with pride and dignity shouldn’t be a headline.  The fact that it is tells me that the culture of football is one of hazing, degradation, and disgrace.
For a group of individuals who routinely play through injury and thrive on knocking one another around for six-, seven-, and eight-figure yearly salaries, one would assume they can carry their own equipment and pay their own bills.  Or better yet, they could give back some of their salaries to assist their teams with hiring more equipment managers.
It is my hope that resisting the stupidity of rookie hazing isn’t limited to Bryant.
On the other hand, it is my fear that it will be.  And the...

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