Dez Bryant exit: “I was wrong” to leave Cowboys’ loss to Packers

December 16, 2013

Tony Romo is just a few steps behind Dez Bryant. (Tim Sharp / AP Photo)

The Dallas Cowboys spent part of the day after their crushing 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers by visiting Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

That media availability allowed reporters to get to the bottom of the Dez Bryant Departure.

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Bryant, Coach Jason Garrett said, needs to stay on the sideline until the game is over even though Bryant said he headed for the opulent exits at JerryWorld with 1 minute, 21 seconds left because he didn’t want people to see him cry.

“I was wrong,” Bryant said (via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com). “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just–I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that. I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”

Garrett understood, to a point, the irresistible urge to get out of Dodge after Tony Romo’s late interception. “I understand why to a certain extent, they’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over, he’s an emotional guy, we’re all very emotional about what we do,” he said (via Pro Football Talk). “But he needs to stay out on the field and I’ll address that with him today. And just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.”

On Monday, the Cowboys preferred to talk about their visit with the kids.

“This day belongs to them, and you should be excited about that,” Bryant said (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams). “It eases up a little bit of the pain. I know it did for me.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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