Dez Bryant Speaks Out On Leaving Game Early
By Allen Kim
Dez Bryant always seems to be stirring up controversy, and this week was no different. With 1:21 remaining on the clock in their loss to the Green Bay Packers, Bryant left the sidelines and walked into the locker room as the Packers went into kneel-down mode with the game sealed.
“I was wrong,” Bryant told reporters earlier this morning. “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.”
Bryant did all he could to help the team, catching 11 passes for 153 yards and one of the most impressive touchdown catches of the year. However, he could do little after Tony Romo threw two late-game interceptions that ultimately cost them the game.
"Whenever I'm out on the football field, it's all about the team," Bryant 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. It [leaving the field] had nothing to do with my teammates."
While Bryant was in the wrong for walking off the field before the final whistle, it’s not the worst thing he’s done over the years. If it were any other player, it likely wouldn’t be as big of an issue. Bryant just so happens to be under a much larger microscope due to his past and the uniform he wears.
"We'll address that with Dez today," Garrett said in his radio interview with 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. "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.
"He loves his teammates, he loves this team, has a great passion for winning. You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He'll learn from this situation.”