Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant walked off the field with 1:21 left in a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday after Tony Romo threw interceptions on back-to-back possessions. He apologized for the incident on Monday morning and said he did not want people to see him crying on the sideline.
“I was wrong,” Bryant said, via the Star-Telegram. “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just … I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.
“I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”
I doubt any of the Cowboys players enjoyed watching the Packers kneel out the final seconds of the clock after they blew a 12-point lead with under eight minutes left. Everyone else stuck it out and chose not to cause a scene. Bryant reiterated how sorry he is.
“Whenever I’m out on the football field, it’s all about the team,” he said. “I’m a team guy and that’s what I think about and that’s what I focus on. I extremely, extremely apologize for leaving, but my teammates and coaches understand. I am a very emotional player and we didn’t finish.”
That sounds like the same garbage we heard from Bryant earlier in the season when he went on an emotional rampage on the sideline, although everyone on the Cowboys later insisted he was preaching only positive thoughts. Still, Dez needs to stop being such a drama queen. Head coach Jason Garrett alluded to that on Monday.
“We’ll address that with Dez today,” Garrett told 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth, via ESPNDallas.com. “I understand why to a certain extent: They’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He’s an emotional guy; we’re all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field, and I’ll address that with him today, and just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.”
Positive or not positive, Bryant seems to think he is bigger than the team. No one enjoys losing, but everyone else seems to handle it without a dramatic production. Dez needs to learn to act like an adult.
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