Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took verbal shots at each other following their postgame scuffle on Thanksgiving, but by Monday, both players had apparently moved on.
“Nothing,” Norman told reporters when asked how he felt about the incident. “It really wasn’t a situation. It was a game. We lost. They won. That was it.”
“I’m really not trying to talk about that, but I wish I never did what I did, but that’s okay because it’s over with now,” Bryant said. “I’m not even focused on that. I’m not even fitting to open up another can. It’s all said and done. I wish I’d never done it. It happened. It’s over with.”
Count NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders among those who hopes Norman just lets his game do the talking and ignores what Norman referred to Monday as the “clowns and trolls” for the remainder of the season. Sanders, who sparred with Norman before last season’s Super Bowl over the then-Panthers cornerback’s on-field feud with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., didn’t appreciate what Norman told reporters after Thursday’s game about his back-and-forth with Bryant.
“What Josh Norman is doing right now is outlandish,” Sanders, a master trash-talker in his playing days, said Monday on NFL Network’s Total Access. “First of all, if I’m to say something about your game, you can say something about my game. But don’t go back and tell the media what we’re conversating about on the field. Because on the field, that’s ours. That’s our playground. That’s like a rule, an unwritten rule, that you do not discuss our private business in public. You can’t do that. It’s always the referees, it was Cam [Newton] . . . it was [Odell Beckham Jr.], it was someone else. Sooner or later, Josh got to take a look in the mirror and say, ‘Man, it may be me.’ If you’re that guy, you don’t have to go out and try to prove it with your mouthpiece that you’re that guy. Your game should be loud enough that you’re that guy, but it seems as though he feels as such, he has to prove with his mouth and his actions that he’s that guy. Let your game talk.”
After initially claiming after Thursday’s game that his scuffle with Bryant started when the Cowboys receiver told him, “Where I’m from, we unload the clip,” Norman clarified on Monday that Bryant did not use that phrase. Rather, Norman intended to use the phrase as a metaphor to describe his own play.
“Let’s stop with all this gangster trivia,” Sanders continued. “None of us ain’t no gangsters. We’re football players, man. We’re entertainers. We’re not gangsters or thugs. We’re not that. We could’ve chose that life, and we strayed away from that life. Thank God we’re not. We have some friends who chose that path, and pray to God that they’re staying a mile away from us. But we’re not that. Let’s focus on what we do and how we’re blessed to do that, and that’s play this wonderful game called football.”