Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was right about not making disparaging remarks towards injured Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette Sunday and being unfairly portrayed by the media.
Bryant was backed up by Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin.
A video was posted on social media during the Cowboys 13-12 loss to the Seahawks, shortly after Lockette was knocked out by safety Jeff Heath.
The video by a Houston sports reporter off television and retweeted some members of the media shows Bryant yelling and pointing. The purported lip-reading reporter, Marcus Sullivan, suggests Bryant was saying “That’s what the F he gets” in reference to Lockette, although there was no sound on the video.
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A seething Bryant brought up the disparaging Vine right after the game.
“I won’t ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down,” Bryant said. “Stop with the [expletive]. Not once did I say that’s what you get. I got on my knee and prayed for the man. Don’t put clips together and do that.”
It was a heated situation and the Seahawks players were unhappy with Heath. Bryant added that he was talking to the officials more than anything.
“That had nothing to do with [Lockette],” he said. “We were going back and forth. Man on my daughter’s soul I would never in my life do that to anybody. I could have been talking about something completely different. I am too busy trying to break it up; to get our players back.
“I am telling [Seahawks defenders] Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, ‘Hey — get your players back.’ I was more talking to the officials than anybody.”
Irvin was in the clip and right in front of Bryant. He too refuted Sullivan’s allegation and backed up Bryant in a tweet Sunday night: “Dez was talking to the officials the whole time never said anything about lock.”
The more Bryant continued to talk, the more heated he got with the media in the Cowboys locker room and went off on the now well-chronicled tirade. And with good reason.
“Whoever said that, whoever wrote is some dirty [fill in the blank]. I’m for real — that really [hacked] me off,” Bryant said. “That ain’t right. That is not right. That is not right.”
It wasn’t right. Not at all.