Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has received a lot of backlash for his sideline demeanor during Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. He claimed it was all positive, his teammates defended him and even sideline footage proved him right but he is still getting backlash.
Some say that is unfair.
“I’ve seen Tom Brady cuss and scream and do all kind of things but nobody looks at him like that,” Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said, via ESPN. “I just think it’s unfair the way we see it and the way the media portrays certain things because of personal feelings about a person.”
“Dez Bryant wasn’t going off. Dez Bryant said, ‘We are the best in the NFL at this.’ Doesn’t sound like going off to me,” Clark said. “Were his hands flailing, did he use some vulgarity? Yes. But his speech was, ‘We are the best in the NFL at this. They can’t stop us doing this.’ What’s wrong with that?”
Some have said that it was his timing that was the issue. Particularly at the end of the play when the team needed to be coming up with a last minute hail mary type play. Deadspin even put two GIFs side by side, one of Dez Bryant’s sideline out burst, and one of quarterback Tony Romo’s on-field outburst.