Jason Garrett: Dez Bryant didn’t handle locker room incident right
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett discussed Dez Bryant’s locker room outburst Thursday and insisted the fiery wide receiver’s conduct wasn’t the correct way to handle matters.
Garrett mentioned that addressing Bryant’s handling of things provided a valuable teaching moment of sorts.
“It’s a great teaching opportunity for us as coaches and a great learning opportunity for Dez and our whole football team and that’s what we’ve tried to do, is use it as an opportunity to get better. We didn’t handle that situation the right way. Dez didn’t handle that situation the right way,” Garrett said, via Pro Football Talk.
Garrett said Bryant “absolutely” understood and deemed what transpired as an “isolated incident.”
Bryant’s outburst seemed to stem from his anger over a report filed last week by ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor. The wide receiver accused Taylor of using a racial epithet, something Taylor, who is black, denied doing.
Part of Bryant’s 10-minute “rant” — as described by The MMBQ’s Robert Klemko in a tweet — consisted of him yelling, “Until they stop disrespecting this team I don’t give a f—. Mother——- sick!”
Bryant then confronted Klemko about posting the tweet and later took to Twitter himself to address the situation, writing in separate tweets, “Yeah, I blew up on the media but report why I blew up on ya’ll … Saying I don’t give f— about me and calling players n—– is not professional,” as transcribed in an ESPN report.
A subsequent tweet, among others Bryant fired off on his official Twitter account, read as follows:
If you going to tell something tell the whole thing…I'm done with the situation… I hope everyone is having a great day
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 12, 2015
While the 2-6 Cowboys are doing their best to extinguish the latest media wildfire, the flames will continue to be fanned if the team continues to conduct its business in a similar manner that it has over the previous several weeks as its season continues into further disarray.