Dez Bryant fires off cryptic tweet about others taking advantage of him
Dez Bryant is in the midst of a stressful situation related to his future with the Dallas Cowboys, and it appears the fiery wide receiver has had just about enough from critics and haters, and quite possibly even the Cowboys.
Bryant took to Twitter and posted a screenshot of a message on his phone which contained a pretty passionate rant.
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 20, 2015
“Just quit with the b.s….. It’s clear as day what’s going on… I might need to do an exclusive interview about my life these past 5 years since the world is destined to know…. i use to let people take advantage of my life now that I’m no longer allowing that to happen seems to be a problem… I’m not ashamed of none of my past incidents because that’s what made me who I am today”
When mentioning the past five years, Bryant in all likelihood is referring to the length of his career with the Cowboys. Other than that, any gleaning exactly what Bryant is trying to articulate here is pure guesswork, although given the events of the past week, it’s reasonable to infer that the message is directed at the Cowboys in some capacity.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio may be able to shed some speculative light on the issue. During an interview Friday on “Shan & RJ” on 105.3 The Fan, Florio opined what may be the source of Bryant’s ire.
“It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the media,” Florio said, via Sporting News. “A story that all of the major insiders know about, known about it for months, involving a video tape. … (and the) Cowboys are aware of it. Because of that and possible other reasons the Cowboys been very reluctant to commit major money to him. I don’t know that (the video) does exist … it relates to off-field concerns … that’s just the chatter, that there’s video … and the Cowboys are afraid it will come out and have a Ray Rice-like type of an impact. … People think that’s what’s keeping the Cowboys from a long-term commitment.”
His reference to “past incidents” may also stem from the criticism he receives for his sometime histrionic antics and outbursts on the sidelines, among other things, opinions he stated he couldn’t care less about in the past, only in more colorful terms.
The back-and-forth, up-and-down nature of the negotiations and speculation came to head this week when Bryant in a tweet openly questioned the Cowboys’ loyalty.
I wish They felt the same way but it's cool.. It's #business RT @FrankyGonzalez3: I love how dedicated @DezBryant is to the @dallascowboys
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 17, 2015
The tweet seemed to be response to the confirmation made by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday that the franchise tag will be in play should an agreement on a contract prove to be attainable, which wasn’t the first time that particular option has been floated by Jones. With 23 impending free agents on the roster, most notably DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys face some tough choices, and the whispers about some damning video isn’t helping matters.
Whatever the nature or the cause of Bryant’s outbursts this week, it appears the wide receiver has reached his limit with it all.
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