OXNARD, Calif. – Dez Bryant’s delivery of Air Jordans to his fellow receivers wasn’t meant to make up for the shoulder pad drama from the first few days of training camp.
“I did that out of the kindness of my heart,” said Bryant, who presented the gifts before Thursday's preseason game. “It didn’t have anything to do with rookie hazing. I just want to build a great relationship with those guys. I want things to be right. I feel like we’ve got some great chemistry; can’t nothing break that.”
Bryant accepts that the shoes won’t satisfy the veterans. He laughs when asked if Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton & Co. are scouting restaurants in Oxnard where they can run up a big bill for the rookie to pay.
While Bryant’s refusal to carry Williams’ shoulder pads got a bunch of attention, the two lightning-rod receivers get along well. In fact, Bryant recently bought an extra copy of the new "Madden" video game to give to Williams.
“I know Roy loves video games, so I got it,” Bryant said. “That’s all about go back to try to build team chemistry. If feel if you’ve got that, you play a lot harder; things will be a lot better.”