Dallas Cowboys put up with Dez Bryant's antics

Everyone's talking about what Bryant did on the sidelines Sunday. But what's way more interesting is what his teammates and coaches did in response. Nothing.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 28, 2013
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photo - Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo (right) talk on the sideline after an argument in the second half of Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. Photo by Brad Loper/Dallas Morning News/MCT
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo (right) talk on the sideline after an argument in the second half of Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. Photo by Brad Loper/Dallas Morning News/MCT

Everyone's talking about what Dez Bryant did on the sidelines Sunday.

But what's way more interesting is what his teammates and coaches did in response.

Nothing.

That was largely their answer to the Dallas receiver's ranting and raving during a loss to Detroit. Sure, Jason Witten eventually had enough and confronted Bryant, prompting DeMarcus Ware to step in and separate the two, but for the most part, teammates and coaches ignored Dez.

It's just further evidence that the Cowboys have decided to put up with whatever Dez does.

We already had a pretty good idea that was the case. In less than four seasons with the Cowboys, he's been booted from an upscale mall for not pulling up his pants, been sued for thousands of dollars of jewelry that he didn't pay for and been charged after an incident with his mother where he allegedly hit her in the face. That charge was ultimately dropped, but it prompted Jerry Jones to set some rules for his superstar receiver.

No alcohol.

No strip clubs.

A midnight curfew.

Counseling sessions.

Round-the clock chaperone.

It's ridiculous, really. A grown man with 24-hour supervision. Bryant, of course, had an extremely tough and well-documented upbringing — and Oklahoma State should be commended for largely keeping him on the straight and narrow during his time in Stillwater — and maybe that means he needs to be cut some slack.

Clearly, Jerry Jones has decided that Dez is good enough to be given a lot of slack, and Sunday afternoon, you saw that the Cowboys have come to grips with that fact.

The guy is going to go off the deep end every now and again, and they're going to have to live with it.

Dez threw his first fit after a field goal that gave Dallas a 13-7 lead. He threw out his arms and started yelling at Derek Dooley, who wasn't interested in engaging with him. Dez reached out to try to stop the wide receivers coach, but Dooley kept walking.

So, that prompted Dez to storm over to the bench. There, he interrupted a conversation between head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Wade Wilson, quarterback Tony Romo and Witten. The future Hall of Fame tight end actually walked away as soon as Dez started ranting.

He seemed to be saying, “Not this guy again.”

Everyone else's reactions were equally telling. Wilson wouldn't look at Dez, and Garrett put a hand on his chest but pretty much ignored him, too.

The two coaches actually kept talking as though Dez wasn't there.

Romo finally said something to Dez, who pointed and gestured a little more before finally stalking off. Before he could take even two steps, Garrett, Wilson and Romo had returned to their conversation.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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