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John Madden rips Dez Bryant for leaving field early

Dez BryantDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant walked off the field during his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when there was still 1:21 remaining in the game. The Cowboys had blown a 36-24 lead with roughly eight minutes left, and Tony Romo had just tossed interceptions on back-to-back possessions. Somehow, all of Bryant’s teammates managed to stick around until the clock hit 0:00.

On Wednesday, NFL coaching legend John Madden was asked about Bryant’s antics. When asked what he would have said to Bryant if he was Jason Garrett, Madden said he would have told the star receiver, “Get your butt back here.”

“There’s no excuse for it,” Madden told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the Dallas Morning News. “Because he’s such a good player, we’re all going to make excuses for him. What he did was wrong.

“There are some things that you let go, and then when things go poorly, you can’t pull them back. Dez Bryant has been in and out of the doghouse and I don’t know if they ever got him straight. They were a little lax on him when he first came in as a rookie. Maybe they let him do things they shouldn’t have, things that they have to live with now.”

It’s hard to disagree with Madden. Bryant tried to explain his early departure by claiming he did not want people to see him cry, but that is a bogus excuse. He needs to stop acting like a drama queen — no matter how “positive” his emotions are when he erupts on the sideline. Part of being a professional athlete is learning to control your emotions, not use them as an excuse.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant left field because he didn’t want people to see him crying

Dez Bryant walks off

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.

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Dez Bryant walks off field with 1:21 left in game

Dez Bryant walks off

Dez Bryant, being the great team leader that he is, skipped out on his teammates and walked off the field with 1:21 left in the game during the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Bryant was justifiably upset after Tony Romo was intercepted for the second possession in a row, but he cleared off the field and went into the tunnel before the game officially ended.

[Related: Jason Garrett says Tony Romo changed the play on final interception]

Everyone on Dallas’ sidelines had to be upset with the team for blowing a 26-3 halftime lead and 36-24 lead with under eight minutes left, but only Dez walked off early. I’m not sure why he can’t stick around with the rest of his guys until the end.

Shortly after the game ended, Bryant sent a tweet to address his actions:

There really is no excuse for this from Bryant. You win as a team, you lose as a team. And if you’re a team player, you don’t walk off the field because you’re disgusted.

Also see: Dez Bryant’s ridiculous touchdown catch earlier in the game

Image via Twitter/SeanWedding

Dez Bryant makes ridiculous touchdown catch vs Packers (GIF)

Dez Bryant touchdown catchDez Bryant made yet another ridiculous touchdown catch, and this one helped the Dallas Cowboys build on their lead against the Green Bay Packers.

Dallas blew a 26-3 halftime lead and was only up 29-24 following a Green Bay TD, but Bryant made a superb play to give the Cowboys a touchdown on third down. Romo just threw a pass to him on third down and hoped he could make a play, and he did by reaching over a defender for the score. Somehow he managed to get both feet in too.

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Giants S Will Hill: Dez Bryant really doesn’t like to be touched

dez-bryantThe New York Giants appear to be in the process of rediscovering their swagger. Winners of four straight games, the G-Men can pull to within one game of the idle Philadelphia Eagles this weekend for first place in the NFC East if they defeat the Dallas Cowboys. They seem plenty confident.

On Wednesday, Giants safety Will Hill was asked what his team will do to slow Dez Bryant.

“Get your hands on him,” Hill said, via NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan. “He doesn’t like to be touched, like most receivers in this league. But really him. He doesn’t like to be touched.”

Vowing to “be physical” is one of the most cliche things a defensive back can do prior to a game, but the Giants are under the impression that it truly is the key to getting the best of Bryant.

“You just have to be physical with him,” cornerback Prince Amukamara concurred. “He’s a big guy. You just have to use his medicine against him. I think that is the key.”

A reporter pointed out that Bryant is one of the best receivers in the game when it comes to picking up yards after the catch. Hill seems to think that physicality kicks in once Dez gets the ball in his hands.

“Yeah, once he gets the ball, [he's physical],” Hill said. “He has to get in his route in order to get the ball. Just like any receiver, if you get your hands on him before they can get into their route, it’s hard to get him the ball when you disrupt their routes.”

We shall see. Earlier this week, Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle said the Giants are out for blood against the Cowboys. On the other side, Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware said the G-Men are always talking and looking to “put gas on the fire.” All that really matters is what happens in New Jersey on Sunday. The fact that the Giants are in the hunt after starting 0-6 is remarkable.

Dez Bryant bought PS4 for people in line at Walmart

Dez-Bryant-PS4Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has made headlines recently for his dramatic outbursts on the field and on the sidelines, but what he did on Thursday night deserves just as much attention. According to several Twitter users, Bryant strolled into Walmart to buy himself a PlayStation 4 and ended up buying the console for a handful of people.

PS4′s highly-anticipated launch sent people to stores in eye-popping numbers on Thursday. Those who were fortunate enough to be standing in line with Bryant while he was waiting to buy his didn’t have to pay a dime. Here’s the story as one lucky recipient told it.

The Cowboys star even posed for a photo with one of the fans he had just purchased the console for.

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Dez Bryant may not have actually paid $54,896 tab as a rookie

dez-bryantWhen word surfaced that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was allegedly forced to pay $15,000 for a team trip to Las Vegas, one person who likely felt no sympathy for the former Stanford star is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. During his rookie season, Bryant supposedly had to treat his veteran teammates to a $54,896 dinner.

Bryant was stuck with the massive tab after he refused to carry a veteran teammate’s shoulder pads, so the circumstances were a bit different. However, team owner Jerry Jones indicated earlier this week that Bryant may not have even had to pay it.

“I’ve had to ask a couple of times, a couple of places out here to rethink, let’s say a liquor bill,” Jones said on KRLD-FM on Tuesday morning, via ESPNDallas.com. “They’ve taken a rookie out and hung him with a huge liquor bill.

“I might tell you one of the finest businesses in this town who may have charged one of our rookies too much — well, a lot of money, they just absolutely took it off the bill and gave it to him. When he had an enormous, for any of our standards, charge, that business gave it to him. It was Pappa Steakhouse, to give you an idea. That’s having compassion. It was overdone, and they just decided we’ll make our contribution to the do-right rule here.”

Jones did not mention Bryant by name, but Dez’s supposed hazing took place at the Pappa Bros. Steakhouse. When Jones said he asked a couple of places to “rethink” a liquor bill, he could mean he paid the bill himself or offered some sort of free advertising in exchange. An anonymous Cowboy told ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins that he heard “Jerry picked it up.”

In reality, this type of stuff happens year in and year out. I don’t think many people are as floored by the Vegas trip Martin supposedly had to pay for as they are by the voicemail Richie Incognito left him.

H/T Black Sports Online