Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is one of the best players in the game, and he’s also one of the most emotional players in the game. His emotion sometimes gets confused with immaturity or anger, and it’s a shame that some of us have to exaggerate things when it comes to Bryant. He does make stupid makes and has a checkered past as a diva receiver, but he’s made huge strides as far as maturity goes ever since coming into the league. In my mind, no receiver has made bigger strides mentally than Bryant, and it’s time we start abandoning some of the old stigmas when talking about Bryant.
Those old stigmas resurfaced after yesterday’s upsetting 37-36 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers, and enough has been said about that result, particularly when it comes to playing the blame-game. What needs to be cleared, though, are Bryant’s actions following the game. He’s been criticized by some people for leaving the game before its conclusion, and some mistook what he did as a sign of being a sore loser or whatever. Yeah, let’s all jump to conclusions.
According to ESPN Dallas’s Tim MacMahon, Dez Bryant actually left the field early following yesterday’s loss since he was crying after such an emotionally-upsetting loss in a critical game. Here’s what Bryant said, “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.”
People will criticize Bryant and say that he needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions, but I’m totally cool with his decision to leave the game. In honestly, he did it out of respect, because he didn’t want others to have to see him crying, and he also wanted to take care of his emotions privately. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that he will talk to Bryant and spoke about how emotional Bryant is, but I don’t see a problem at all. And to be honest, I think Bryant’s emotions are great, because they shape him as a person and probably help him as a football player. He’s done a better job of reigning in his anger etc., but I don’t see an issue with letting his sadness take over. It was an emotional loss for the Cowboys, and I think we need to show Bryant some respect.
By the way, do you know where Bryant was when he delivered that quote? At Cook Children’s Medical Center.