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Does Dez Bryant Deserve All The Criticism He’s Receiving For Leaving The Field Early At The End Of A Loss?

Submitted by on December 17, 2013 – 11:49 amOne Comment
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is a very emotional guy. A very, very emotional guy. In fact, he’s so emotional that, on Sunday afternoon, Bryant actually walked off the field at the end of a heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers because, according to him, he was about to cry. And he didn’t want anyone to see him crying.

“I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel down on the field after a tough loss like that,” he said on Monday. “I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”

Bryant is getting killed by the media right now, though, for leaving his team behind and retreating to the locker room before the game was over. Some people are questioning his character, while others are calling him out for being a selfish prima donna who doesn’t know how to deal with losing. But does Dez really deserve all of the criticism that he’s receiving?

The short answer is yes. What Bryant did on Sunday was unacceptable. You cannot, under any circumstances, walk off the field before a game is over and expect people to understand. If you’re going to cry, then cry. People might make jokes about you crying—we can just see the memes right now—and you might get killed by the media for doing that, too. But at least if you’re crying, people will see you as a passionate player who really, really cares about the game of football. By choosing to hide that by running off to the locker room and then trying to explain yourself later, you look like a bad teammate.

This too shall pass for Bryant. If he goes out and has a huge week on Sunday and puts up big numbers, then Cowboys fans and the media will forgive him for leaving the field early on Sunday. But for now, he deserves all of the criticism that’s coming his way, and we sincerely hope that he’s learning from it and won’t walk off the field early again. If he wants to be a leader for the Cowboys, he can’t let his emotions cloud his judgment. And hopefully, the incident on Sunday taught him that.

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