A Dallas Cowboys season that has been filled with meltdowns made its way to the team’s locker room Thursday when receiver Dez Bryant unleashed a tirade on the media.
Bryant accused Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN of using the N-word in reference to teammate Devin Street. Taylor is black.
Street had initially intervened into a confrontation between Taylor and Bryant. He told Bryant what he claims Taylor said to him.
That accusation was uncorroborated by any members of the media or the Cowboys’ public relations staff within earshot. Taylor denied using the racial slur.
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It came after Bryant went on a tirade calling out Taylor and the media for negative reports about the team, which has lost six straight games and is in last place in the NFC East with a 2-6 mark.
Bryant then went off on a reporter from Sports Illustrated, Robert Klemko, for reporting the altercation on Twitter, causing a commotion so loud that tight end Jason Witten broke away from an interview to try to calm things down.
Public relations director Rich Dalrymple found himself on the business end of Bryant’s wrath.
“How about you fix this, Rich,” Bryant said. “Fix this [expletive]. You are talking to the wrong people.”
Bryant didn’t calm down until coach Jason Garrett came in and escorted him out of the locker room.
“They are dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty,” Bryant yelled to Garrett. “They are all dirty coach, especially him [Klemko].”
Bryant later went to Twitter to explain himself.
“Yeah I blew up on the media but report why I blew up on yall…Saying I don’t give a [expletive] about me calling players [the N-word] is not professional,” Bryant tweeted.
He followed on Twitter:
Bryant came back with a third tweet later in the day:
“Take it however you want. Now I guess I’m the bad person???. The media comes in our locker room with no restrictions..I guess they can say whatever and it’s cool...let me remind all of you..WE ARE HUMANS AS WELL...WITH FAMILIES..we have to live with a lot of false talk about us...I chose to tand up for me and what I represent....I’m sorry if a lot fo you can’t handle being talked to direct.”
Dalrymple said the team had no official comment about the incident.
Leave it to the veteran Witten to sum things up after returning to his interview.
“Honestly, I don’t even know what happened there,” Witten said when asked about Bryant’s rant. “Two-and-six is tough, it’s tough when you are in those situations.”