UPDATE: Monday, December 16, at 12:26 p.m. ET
Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill tweets that Dez Bryant claimed he cried after the loss and didn't want to be seen getting emotional on the sidelines.
Dez Bryant: I couldn’t watch GB kneel the ball down. I cried when I got in the locker room, I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) December 16, 2013
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UPDATE: Monday, December 16, at 12:07 p.m. ET
Jason Garrett spoke about Dez Bryant on 103.5 The Fan this morning and said Bryant needs to stay on the field while there's time remaining on the clock.
We'll address that with Dez today. I understand to a certain extent. They're kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. But he needs to stay out on the field and I'll address that with him today.
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.
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At some point in our lives, every one of us has done what Dez Bryant did on Sunday. We’ve grabbed our toys and gone home.
That being said, we probably didn’t turn our backs on an entire team in doing so.
It wasn’t due to injury or fatigue. Bryant left the field because he was “emotional” and didn’t want to watch the final seconds tick off on a gut-churning loss.
I walked back to the locker room because I was emotional...it had nothing to do with my teammates we had it... We fought and didn't finish— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 16, 2013
Bryant’s decision to leave the game early is just the latest show of emotion for a young, ridiculously talented man with a tendency to let his passion get the better of him. His sideline tirades are well documented, but this last move touched a nerve for NFL fans and critics.
Wow the more I watch sportscenter the more I realize that @DezBryant isn't a professional.— Ben Foddrill (@BFodd) December 16, 2013
Dez Bryant is punk plain and simple— Timothy Johnson (@Timothy05668647) December 16, 2013
Someone should remind dez bryant that a football game is 60 minutes. Not 58:37. You play in the #NFL grow up.— Jeremy Hoffman (@Ucatharine) December 16, 2013
Others supported Bryant.
All these amateurs telling @DezBryant how to be professional. If you cared half as much about ur job as he does about his u'd b unstoppable— Zachary Crissup (@CoachCrissup) December 16, 2013
NFL AM co-host Eric Davis defended (sort of) Bryant’s decision to leave the field, explaining that if the Cowboys don’t mind it, it’s not something he can have a problem with.
I don’t have a problem with Dez Bryant. Me personally, I don’t have a problem with him walking to the locker room, It's sort of been established that that’s what he does...you know, he’s an emotional guy and he wears them on his sleeves.
This is why I don’t have a problem with it. Because obviously, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a problem with it...I never would’ve done it, but Dez obviously is in a situation and a position where it’s okay with that organization for him to do something like that.
Talented, hotheaded players have walked off before a game’s end in the past. A similar situation occurred in 2005 when Randy Moss left the Vikings sideline before the end of a tough loss to the Washington Redskins.
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