Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was irate following his team’s loss on Sunday night after reporters asked him about his ostensible on-field mockery of injured Seattle Seahawk Ricardo Lockette.
Wide receiver Lockette had been knocked unconscious in the second quarter, when Cowboy Jeff Heath put his head down and issued a running upper-body blow around midfield. A video from the subsequent minutes shows Bryant pointing downfield, seemingly shouting, “That’s what the f**k he gets.”
Confronted by a group of reporters about the video shortly after the Cowboys’ 13-12 loss, Bryant went on a profanity-heavy tirade, attempting to justify what was caught on tape.
"I won't ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that's been knocked down,” Bryant began. “C'mon, man. Stop with the bulls**t.”
The Dallas standout went on to say that he got down and prayed for the injured Lockette, and that his aggressive words were simply an attempt to smooth over the tension that resulted from the play when both benches cleared and that they were directed toward Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, as well as the evening’s referees. Not Lockette.
"It didn't have nothing to do with [the injured Lockette]," Bryant said. "I swear on my daughter's soul I would never in my life do that to anybody …”
Lockette was carted to the locker room and diagnosed with a concussion. Meanwhile, in the opposite locker room, Bryant’s comments went from defending his mid-game actions to becoming increasingly volatile toward the "bulls**t media" members surrounding him.
"Y'all took that s**t too far,” he said. “Whoever wrote that, whoever done that is a dirty motherf**ker. That really pissed me off. That ain't right. That is not right. That is not right. That is not right."
“Stay the f**k away,” he continued. “Why don’t you all get the f**k out of here?”
It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Dallas, and further bad press -- after a tough loss -- is the last thing the organization needs. The Cowboys better hope Bryant and Co. shape up -- and fast -- otherwise quarterback Tony Romo may not have much of a team to come back to when he returns from a broken collarbone later this month.
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