Bryant: Criticism for sideline tantrums ‘uncalled for’

ARLINGTON, Texas — Standing in front of his locker after Sunday’s 27-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant maintained that his sideline actions the previous Sunday in Detroit were overblown.

An emotional Bryant threw his helmet and was yelling at teammates and coaches during the 31-30 loss to the Lions. TV cameras even caught Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware getting in Bryant’s face after Detroit scored to take the lead with 12 seconds remaining.

“That was a whole bunch of nonsense,” Bryant said. “That was uncalled for. It really wasn’t all that serious for everybody to be talking about that situation.

“That’s a damn shame. That’s just the world that we live in.”

While Bryant’s actions were perceived to be a negative distraction, he continues to say that it was all positive. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t affect how he acted Sunday against Minnesota.

“I had to watch myself because I didn’t want you all to get me on camera and make me look like a fool,” he said. “That’s me. It’s all positive. I feel like that’s who I am. That’s what brings the excitement to myself and to others. I can’t let nobody destroy the passion I have for this game.”

Cowboys wide receiver coach Derek Dooley probably deals with Bryant’s emotional outbursts more than anyone on the Cowboys sideline. Some might think Dooley would then be responsible for calming down the 24-year-old.

Bryant says that’s not the case.

“Coach Dooley told me straight up, don’t let nobody kill your passion. You bring that same intensity every week,” Bryant said. “You know who you are.”

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