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Cowboys exec Stephen Jones on Dez Bryant fight: ‘I do think it’s a good thing’


The Dallas Cowboys made the surprising decision to publicize the fight that broke out between wide receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon by actually posting video of the brouhaha on social media. While strange, it appears that Cowboys brass, from owner Jerry Jones to executive vice president Stephen Jones, fully endorse the fact that the fight occurred in the first place.

The Cowboys V.P. made an appearance on Dallas’ KRLD-FM on Monday and mostly echoed the assertion made by owner Jerry Jones that fights between teammates during camp arguably can be viewed as a positive, but also pointing out that the way in which head coach Jason Garrett handled things following the fight set the right tone.

“Anytime you get full-grown men out there going at each other, you’re going to have some of that and I do think it’s a good thing,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “At the same time, I think what Jason was saying to Dez was very important.”

Bryant, who characterized the brawl as “just two great competitors going at it,” spent some time discussing what transpired with Garrett before going over to give Patmon a hug.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, like his executive son, similarly endorsed the notion that a brawl between teammates is a good thing.

“That’s good stuff,” he said. “That’s training camp. Now that’s not new. That’s been happening at our training camps for years and years and years.”

Jones is right. Scuffles to full-blown fisticuffs erupting between teammates during the sometimes annoying grind inherent to going head-to-head with the same guy play after play, practice after practice, day after day is a time-honored training camp tradition. Usually, it’s a means to help players blow off some steam and once time is allowed for emotions to mellow, it’s over. So perhaps the Joneses are correct in their assessment that Bryant scuffling with Patmon can be viewed as a good thing. It’s just strange to hear someone in their position so readily admit it.