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Dez Bryant was unhappy about $55K rookie dinner, but now he can ‘call the shots’

dez-bryantWhen Dez Bryant first came into the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys threw some vintage hazing his way when the team’s veterans forced him to pick up a $55,000 dinner tab. During a recent taping of FOX Sports 1’s new show “Back of the Shop,” Bryant talked about paying the massive bill after he signed a five-year, $11.8 million rookie deal. While he wasn’t thrilled about it, he says it paid off in the long run.

“The way I look at that is some guys do it just to be [expletive],” Bryant said, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “I paid $55,000 for a dinner, and it struck me the wrong way. I could’ve easily went off on every last one of them, but I didn’t. I kept myself together, and I wanted to change that. So you know what I did, went out there and did my thing. Now they’re allowing me to call the shots.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones later implied that Bryant never actually had to pay the bill, but from the way Dez recalls it he did.

In a way, Bryant called the shots from day one. The infamous dinner came after he refused to carry veteran defensive back Roy Williams’ shoulder pads, which is something almost all rookies have to do during training camp.

As for what he means by “calling the shots,” we’re not sure. If Bryant is saying his teammates allow him to have numerous in-game meltdowns on the sidelines without any consequences then, yes, he certainly does call the shots.

Brandon Jennings tried to pass Nick Young a pill in the club

Brandon Jennings seems to be enjoying the offseason a little more than his boy Nick Young. Over the weekend, the two NBA players were partying together at a club and standing around the DJ booth. At one point, Jennings was caught on camera offering Swaggy P some sort of white pill.

The Smoking Section noted that the video was originally posted by rapper The Game but later deleted. I guess any beef The Game and Jennings had last year has been smoothed over?

As for what the pill was, we’re unsure. It could have been anything, but some have speculated that it was molly, which is a popular party drug that is similar to ecstasy. The way Young turned it down certainly makes it seem like the pill was more than aspirin.

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Kevin Love visited Boston ‘to see what it’s like’

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Kevin Love visited the city of Boston over the weekend, igniting a flurry of speculation about a possible trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics. As Dirty Water News first reported, Love had dinner at The Greatest Bar and later headed to Rumor nightclub. He was also planning to attend the Red Sox game on Sunday.

Larry Brown Sports has confirmed through multiple sources that Love was in fact in the city and taking in the sights. When asked why he was there, Love reportedly said, “I’m here to just check out the city and see what it’s like.”

What does all this mean? Absolutely nothing is one possibility. It’s the offseason for Love, and maybe he just felt like taking a weekend trip to Boston to check out a new place. However, reports have already indicated that Love is open to being traded to the Celtics. The T-Wolves are also supposedly interested in players the Celtics would be in position to draft with their two first-round picks, one being Kentucky’s Julius Randle.

If Boston has a chance to acquire Love, Danny Ainge will try his hardest to make it happen.

Will Hill says failed drug test came from second-hand marijuana smoke

Will-Hill-GiantsNew York Giants safety Will Hill failed another drug test last month and has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season. The suspension is his third in three years with the Giants, all of which were related to drugs. This time, however, Hill claims it was someone else doing drugs that made their way into his system.

One of Hill’s close friends, former Giants defensive back Deon Grant, told Jordan Raanan of The Star Ledger that Hill thought he could beat the latest positive test because it was supposedly caused by second-hand marijuana smoke.

“He felt like he had a great chance of beating it because of the circumstances,” Grant said. “He said, ‘I’ll be honest with you. If it was something that I did, I would tell you I messed up. But I didn’t. It was an incident in a club where people were [smoking marijuana] and it got in my system. It’s not like how my urine was a certain kind of way before when I did do it. It’s the total opposite right now. They found something in my urine, but it’s not the same thing they found when I did make that mistake.'”

That “mistake” Grant is referring to came last year, when Hill admitted to smoking weed and was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was also suspended before that for using Adderall, which he later said he needs to treat his ADHD.

“A lot of us were surprised … I don’t think he has an issue or problem,” Grant added. The truth, I’m almost 80 or 90 percent sure that he doesn’t have an issue and he’s not putting it in his system himself. This situation again is something where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

As Raanan noted, many studies claim second-hand smoke would not lead to a positive drug test. Plus, Hill’s track record doesn’t warrant the benefit of the doubt. Given his history, Will shouldn’t even be putting himself in a situation where he’s anywhere near people who are smoking weed.

David Ortiz rips David Price for being a little b-tch

David Ortiz absolutely blasted David Price after the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday night, saying he has no more respect for the southpaw pitcher.

David OrtizThe issues between the two men go back to last postseason after Ortiz hit two home runs off Price in Game 2 of the ALCS. Price was agitated after taking the L in a 7-4 defeat and ripped Ortiz for admiring his homers. Price was in such a bad mood after the loss that he even took out his frustration on TBS’ analysts by going off on Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci.

Fast forward to Friday and Price was making his second start of the season against the Sox and facing Ortiz for the first time (Ortiz only pitch hit in the last game between the teams that Price started). Price hit Ortiz with a pitch, which upset the slugger. Ortiz later exploded after Price hit Mike Carp with a pitch later in the game.

Following the game, Ortiz ripped Price.

“I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’€™s over. I have no more respect for him,” Ortiz said via WEEI.com. “Last year we kick his a– in the playoffs, he went off, talking s— about everybody, Tom Verducci and everybody. Players. We kind of got to talk on the phone. We kind of straightened things out. He was kind of upset. Me as a veteran I kind of let him know how things go in this game. Later on he called me and apologized because he knows he was wrong. He apologized in public. He apologized to myself. Everything was cool. So first at-bat of the season against him he threw at me. I mean, it’€™s a war. It’€™s on. Next time he hits me he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more.”

If you enjoyed those quotes, then cocky Papi was just getting warmed up. Check out this gem.

“I was going to let him know. I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody,” Ortiz continued via WEEI. “If you’€™re mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know, I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’€™s part of the game, son.”

“I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.” Seriously. Is that not just the best quote ever? Don’t get upset. I hit everyone, Ortiz says. How can you not love that?

And then came the money shot from Ortiz.

“I was surprised for a minute until I watched the video. I thought everything was cool. You can’€™t be acting like a little girl out there,” Ortiz said. “You aren’€™t going to win every time. When you give it up, that’€™s an experience for the next time. But when you’€™re to be acting like a little b-itch every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’€™s going to cost you.”

Dang, so Ortiz straight up called David Price a little girl and little b-tch. It is sooooo on. We’ll eagerly be awaiting Price’s response.

For the record, Price said that he did not hit Ortiz or Carp intentionally.

“I’ve got to establish my fastball in,” Price said. “I’ve got six lefties in that lineup. It’s my favorite side of the plate to go to.”

The Sox felt differently, citing Price’s impressive control; the lefty had only hit two batters and walked eight entering the game. They also said after the game that they saw the Rays players high-fiving Price in the dugout after the first inning, which made the actions seem intentional in their minds.

As far as this debate, as a former pitcher, I almost always take their side. Nobody likes a guy who admires his home runs. But, as a pitcher, you shouldn’t give them up. And don’t hit a guy if he touched you up for a dinger; just get him out next time and give him a wink.

Red Sox-Rays benches clear after David Price hits Mike Carp with pitch (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox met on Friday in the second game of their three-game series and early on tempers flared.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, David Price came up and in on Mike Carp and hit him on the right arm. Carp took exception to the pitch and had a few words for Price and then James Loney.

Then, benches cleared and seemingly everyone had words for each other, including David Ortiz and Sean Rodgriguez, who were both involved in rather heated exchanges.

Acting Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo was ejected after the incident. Lovullo took over for John Farrell, who was ejected after Ortiz was plunked in the first inning. Brian Butterfield became the third Red Sox manager to be tossed in the sixth inning after Boston’s starting pitcher Brandon Workman threw a pitch behind Evan Longoria. Workman was also ejected.

Fairly uneventful night at Fenway Park, I’d say.

The Red Sox and Rays play each other 12 more times during the regular season.

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Josh Gordon cited for speeding; passenger had marijuana

Josh GordonThis Josh Gordon character is a real winner, I tell you.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who is facing a suspension from the league after reportedly failing another drug test, was cited for speeding over Memorial Day weekend, WKYC reports.

WKYC says Gordon’s Mercedes SUV was clocked going 74 in a 60-mph zone on Sunday night. Marijuana was also found in the car, but luckily for Gordon, one of his boys pulled off a true homie move and claimed it was his.

Gordon essentially has proven that he is addicted to the ganja. He was suspended two games at the start of last season because of a drug violation. He was kicked off Baylor’s team in college for multiple positive drug tests. And then he transferred to Utah but never played, also because he reportedly failed drug tests there, too.

Gordon isn’t doing a lot right these days, but at least we’ll give him credit for making sure he has a weed carrier in his entourage.