Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant won’t carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads and, in another strange turn of events, Under Armour won’t be carrying Dez Bryant.
The shoe and apparel company’s decision to drop the wideout has nothing to do with Bryant’s hazing rebellion from Sunday.
It has everything to do with the fact that Bryant — less than a month after being drafted 24th overall — hit Cowboys OTAs in Nike shoes and gloves, and has been wearing the brand ever since, according to CNBC.
“Under Armour and Dez Bryant mutually agreed to part ways,” an Under Armour official said in a statement Monday. “We wish Dez all the best as he embarks on a professional career.”
Yes, all the best.
Under Armour, who spent a truckload of dead presidents to feature Bryant in their “I Will” ad campaign, must feel like a bride left at the alter — but that’s where it gets weird. It’s not as if Bryant has jumped ship for something better. Nike spokesman Kejuan Wilkins confirmed that Bryant is not endorsed by Nike. On any level.
It’s been an interesting 48 hours, Dez. What’s next?