Irving, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant refused to apologize for engaging teammates quarterback Tony Romo and Jason Witten in sideline confrontations during the team’s 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Bryant said he considers Romo and Witten as role models but explained that his sideline demeanor was borne out of competitive fire, not anger toward his two teammates.
“Tony Romo and Jason Witten, those are our leaders,” Bryant said. “Those are our main guys. The reason why I’m able to voice my opinion is because those guys helped me become who I am to where I can do that.”
“Whenever I do things, I promise y’all, man, it’s all out of trying to keep our team motivated, keeping the passion, letting people know this game is important to us,” added Bryant , who had three receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
Bryant yelled at Romo, who was seated on the bench next to quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and head coach Jason Garrett, after an incomplete pass to Dwayne Harris late in the third quarter, a possession that ended with the Cowboys kicking a field goal to take a 13-7 lead.
Bryant and Witten got into a shouting match after the Lions scored the go-ahead touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. It became heated enough that defensive end DeMarcus Ware stepped between the two, grabbed Bryant by the shoulder pads and yelled in his face.
“The relationship me, Tony and Witt have, it’s huge,” Bryant said. “Our relationship is great. On and off the field, it’s outstanding.”
After the game, Witten said he loved Bryant like a brother and praised the receiver’s passion and work ethic, saying sometimes emotions get heated on the sideline during games.
Romo, for his part, said Bryant has never been a “me guy” and downplayed the significance of the emotional outbursts.