Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant says his pair of sideline confrontations with teammates during Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions was “all good passion.”
Bryant was seen yelling at quarterback Tony Romo after a third-down incompletion, and then at tight end Jason Witten after the Lions’ go-ahead touchdown with 12 seconds remaining.
“My passion is always positive,” said Bryant, via ESPN. “It’s always positive. It’s going to remain the same way. I’m not saying anything wrong. I’m not saying anything bad. It’s all positive. That’s just what it is.
“I’m the nicest person off the field. When I’m on the field, even when I look angry, it’s still all good passion. It’s all good passion. I feel like that’s what we need. I’m going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you’ve got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You’ve got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line.”
Bryant had three catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns on six targets in the loss
Romo said Bryant was not complaining about getting more balls thrown his way.
“He’s never complained to me about getting the ball,” Romo said. “He knows that the ball’s going where it’s supposed to. He knows that.
“When you guys sometimes see emotions from Dez, it’s just trying to ‘rah, rah’ more than it is being a ‘me’ guy. That’s not who Dez is. I think that would be completely out of character for him if there was ever a ‘me’ situation.”
Witten said he was trying to calm Bryant down because the play they had drawn up was going to him.
“I love that kid like a brother,” Witten said. “There are no hard feelings. DeMarcus and I talked to him. He’s a great receiver and plays his tail off week-in and week-out. It’s as simple as that. It’s a disappointing loss. Dez is a guy who plays with his heart. We all do. Those things come up.”