Sean Lee Says Dez Bryant 'Needs to Hold Himself Accountable' After Twitter Rant

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2018

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee participates in drill at the NFL football team's training camp in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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After being called a "snake" by former teammate Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has responded.

Lee did not fire back with any name-calling of his own, but he did share his vantage point of the situation, via Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams:

"First thing to say, that I can get anybody off the team and have any input on a roster is absurd. The second thing [is] I love Dez, and I want the best for him.

"You know, to be honest, we did butt heads, because I wanted Dez to be more accountable to this team and his teammates. To be honest with you, a lot of the team felt that way. I think he needs to look at himself and hold himself accountable."

Dallas Executive Vice President Stephen Jones caught the free-agent wideout's attention by going on SiriusXM NFL Radio and saying quarterback Dak Prescott was in a tough spot last season because he had Bryant (and tight end Jason Witten) "in his ear":

SiriusXM NFL Radio @SiriusXMNFL

Here's the audio from the Cowboys Stephen Jones about @DezBryant from our training camp stop today... "He's gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was pressure.. with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear. Those great players want the ball" https://t.co/DmjugEtU2c

Well, Bryant didn't appreciate that "scapegoat s--t." He subsequently took to Twitter to speak his piece:

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Here we go with that scapegoat shit.. i charged everything to the game and went the other way.. y’all know what the real problem is .. don’t put it on me with that bullshit.. garbage ass play calling.. Everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks.. 🛑 😂 https://t.co/YhG4cAPx6O

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

He’s not clueless.. Jerry was the only one who was clueless.. shit was a planned to get me out ask Travis and my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee https://t.co/7BK9cEkW90

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Far from that.. my name was mentioned while I was minding my own business... I’m far from bitter...I’m just enjoying my life https://t.co/SELEOVEmxx

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

How?? I just responded.. I promise I was minding my business.. enjoying my life...I’m not even in camp why am I talked about? https://t.co/K15FvyF0go

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

Yea he suppose to been my brother .. we laughed talk about goals and stuff he sat right across from me in the locker room..never thought we had a problem.. I got cut.. he was the first to know.. I find out he was also behind it Damn!! https://t.co/KgNfu9f2uU

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

I’m accusing I stated all facts https://t.co/NlCBV514Gq

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller followed that tweet storm up by revealing he had spoken to "a couple of Cowboys players" Friday night. Unfortunately for Bryant, they were happy he was no longer in the locker room:  

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Talked to a couple of Cowboys players this evening. To summarize: 1. Players I talked to are glad Dez is gone. 2. They collectively felt a player of Dez's reputation needed to be a better leader. 3. Instead of being a leader, they felt Dez was neg. influence on young players

That, of course, led to the ex-Dallas star looking for names:

Dez Bryant @DezBryant

We need names sir https://t.co/eBWl0km71S

Jones later clarified his comments, per Williams, to say he did not intend his initial remarks to be negative.

While Bryant, 29, is coming off an 838-yard, six-touchdown campaign, he has yet to find a new home since being released in April. He only spoke up because his name was brought up by his former organization, but any interested team may look at this and wonder if the receiver will be too much of a distraction.