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Dez Bryant meltdown explanation: My passion is positive

Dez Bryant meltdown

Dez Bryant justified his multiple sideline meltdowns on Sunday during the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions by saying his actions are a manifestation of his passion for the game. His coaches and teammates also defended his actions.

Bryant had at least two sideline incidents that were caught by the TV cameras. The first occurred late in the third quarter when Bryant only had two catches. He went after Tony Romo and then some of his coaches, repeatedly getting in their faces. The second meltdown occurred in the final minute after the Cowboys blew their 30-24 lead. That time tight end Jason Witten got into it with him and reminded Bryant that the game wasn’t over and that they still had time for a play or two.

After the game, Bryant explained and defended his actions.

“My passion is always positive. It’s always positive,” Bryant said, via ESPN Dallas.

Bryant also said he’s been doing this his entire career and is not going to change.

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Dez Bryant and Jason Witten fight on sidelines (GIF)

Dez Bryant’s unstable emotions were on full display Sunday during the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Bryant caught just one pass in the first half of the game — a one-handed touchdown grab to make it 10-7 Dallas before halftime. He may have been upset about how little action he was seeing, because he had a meltdown on the sidelines late in the third quarter. He yelled at Tony Romo and some of his coaches. But after the Cowboys a 60-yard touchdown to go up 20-10, he seemed to be doing much better and even gave Romo a pat on the butt. Then he seemed thrilled after scoring a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 27-17. But all those positive emotions quickly disappeared after the Cowboys blew the lead.

Dez Bryant Jason GarrettDespite being up 30-24 with 1:02 left, the Cowboys lost the game after allowing the Lions to go down the field and score the winning touchdown. As the game was slipping away from Dallas, Dez had another meltdown on the sidelines and was confronted by tight end Jason Witten, who tried putting him in check.

It was such a childish display by Dez. Is he the only player on the Cowboys? Is he the only guy who was furious that they blew the game? He sure acted like that was the case. And he also acted like the game was already over even though Witten was reminding him they still had time left.

Here was his meltdown on the sidelines earlier in the game:

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Dez Bryant has meltdown on sidelines, flips out (GIF)

Not long after Dez Bryant was praised by us and nearly everyone else for his amazing touchdown catch on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, he was flipping out on everyone on the Dallas Cowboys sidelines.

Bryant had a major meltdown and began yelling at Tony Romo and many of the Cowboys coaches late in the third quarter. Bryant only had 2 catches for 22 yards including the touchdown to that point, so it’s possible he was upset that he wasn’t being targeted. However, Bryant did give Romo a hug after the Cowboys scored on a 60-yard touchdown to make it 20-10 in the fourth quarter, so maybe all was resolved in his mind.

Dez Bryant meltdown

Between his freak ability and polar behavior, he reminds us a lot of former Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens. Bryant later scored on a 50-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to put Dallas up 27-17, so that probably made him feel a lot better.

Below is Bryant’s meltdown in GIF form, which really makes him look like a ranting lunatic:

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Dez Bryant makes sick touchdown catch with one hand (GIF)

Dez Bryant touchdown catchDez Bryant said in the week leading up to the Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions game that he felt he could do what Calvin Johnson does on the field. Bryant attempted to live up to his word by making a ridiculous touchdown catch against Detroit on Sunday.

Bryant went up and made a one-handed grab with his left hand for a touchdown to put the Cowboys up 10-7 following a Matthew Stafford interception late in the second quarter. The awesome grab earned Bryant some special recognition from the NBA’s biggest stars. Take a look:

Good luck stopping a guy who can do that. He may not be Megatron, but he’s probably as close as it gets.

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Dez Bryant defends Oklahoma State, says he wishes he got paid

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant defended the Oklahoma State football program against allegations posed by SI by saying he never got paid while in college, though he wishes he did.

The former Oklahoma State receiver tweeted this message on Tuesday, which he later deleted:

Dez Bryant tweet

Bryant’s time at Oklahoma State involved controversy. He put up a monster season in 2008, catching 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore. But he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the 2009 season for lying to them about his dealings with Deion Sanders.

Bryant had no comment on the report that Oklahoma State hostesses provided recruits with sex, saying his girlfriend looked him up.

Bryant further defended Oklahoma State by retweeting tweets sent Russell Okung, a former Oklahoma State offensive lineman.

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Dez Bryant will be ‘mad’ at NCAA if Johnny Manziel isn’t suspended

Johnny ManzielDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for lying while he was at Oklahoma State. Prior to his junior season, Bryant had a legal dinner with Deion Sanders. When he was asked about the dinner by the NCAA, Bryant got nervous he may have committed a violation and lied about it. Now, the NFL receiver says he will be bitter if Johnny Manziel doesn’t face similar punishment.

“Hell yeah, I’ll be mad,” Bryant told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday. “I will be mad. But I don’t want him to get suspended. I will be mad more at the NCAA on how they do things. I just feel like it’s not fair. This is something I have no problem talking about because I feel like somebody needs to say something to him and let it be known how they treat people is not right.”

In other words, Bryant doesn’t want to feel that the NCAA treated him unfairly and lets other players off the hook. The problem is he admitted to lying, whereas Manziel is not going to admit to receiving money in exchange for autographs even if it happened. The NCAA would have to find the money he was allegedly paid in order to punish him.

“I did lie,” Bryant said of his situation. “I came back. I told the truth and they suspended me indefinitely. The way the guy was talking to me was like I did something wrong. I didn’t know it was OK for me to go to someone’s house.”

Bryant wants to NCAA to be consistent in its punishment, but he doesn’t feel Manziel did anything wrong. In fact, he thinks collegiate athletes should be compensated for their autographs.

“He should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it’s his name,” Bryant said. “I feel like he’s the one who created it. He should be able to do whatever he feels as long as it’s legal and I don’t think there’s anything illegal about signing a picture of yourself and making money off himself.”

Bryant reiterated that he does not want to see Manziel suspended. As more and more stories surface about Manziel being paid for signings, it might be easier for investigators to find some concrete evidence. That would be bad news for Johnny Football.

Dez Bryant: LeBron James could play in the NFL, be a ‘beast’ in the red zone

LeBron-JamesLeBron James is one of the most well-rounded athletes to every play in the NBA. He is one of the greatest players of all time, but he also happens to be built more like Calvin Johnson than Michael Jordan. Because of his physical makeup (6-foot-8, 250 pounds), people love to speculate about whether LeBron could play in the NFL. Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant thinks there is no question about it.

“That dude is just that talented,” Bryant told ESPNDallas.com on Friday. “I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he’s supposed to do. I think that’s all he’d need with his physical ability.

“I’ve seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He’s got the hands, he can run the routes, he’s fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together.”

LeBron may have been able to run the routes in high school, but making the jump from high school football to the NFL is much more difficult than jumping from high school basketball to the NBA. From a physical standpoint, I don’t doubt he could compete in the NFL with a lot of practice. Learning the plays and being able to separate from NFL cornerbacks would be the issue.

“All he’d need to do is probably work on a little technique,” Bryant said. “It’s not like he’s never played football before. He has played football. I think he’d be a beast in the red zone. I think he could do it. I think he could do it, seriously.”

I’ll agree with that. It would be almost impossible to defend LeBron on a jump ball to the corner of the end zone — no matter who was covering him. Having said that, Warren Sapp thinks he’s too much of a pretty boy to ever play in the NFL. LeBron may be able to run a faster 40-yard dash than this rookie linebacker, but it takes more than just height and strength to succeed in professional football. Plus, it’s never going to happen.