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Grieving Dez Bryant deserves respect from critics

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had six catches for 116 yards and one touchdown against Pittsburgh on Sunday. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

FRISCO When Dez Bryant talked last week about him not supposed to be here according to critics, it was a nod to those who have questioned his off-the-field issues and his background dating to the NFL Draft.

Not only was everything he did scrutinized, but so were his parents and his non-traditional upbringing in Lufkin. His mom had him young. She spent time in prison. He lived with his dad, though they had a rocky relationship at times. He lived with other relatives.

To that end, when news broke about Bryant’s father passing away before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, there were media members and media outlets who questioned if Bryant was close to his father and if the news would really have any impact on him. That whole line of thinking and conjecture was out of bounds.

No one has any right to question your love for a parent no matter what you perceive their relationship to be. And certainly, no one has the right to project your feelings following the death of a parent, just because they didn’t grow up as you did.

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