Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant left the field at AT&T Stadium a little early on Sunday, and it roused up some suspicion as to why. Less than 24 hours later, he’s coming clean about his early exit.
Bryant, who walked off the field with more than a minute left on the clock, said Monday that he couldn’t bear watching the Packers win on Sunday, and that he went back to locker room to hide that he was about to start crying.
“I was wrong,” Bryant said, according to ESPNDallas.com. “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just, I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.
“I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”
The 25-year-old has let his emotions get the best of him on the sidelines before, including heated exchanges with Tony Romo and Jason Witten during a loss to the Lions earlier this season, but Sunday’s incident was less about personal frustration and more about his desire to win.
“Whenever I’m out on the football field, it’s all about the team,” Bryant said. “I’m a team guy and that’s what I think about and that’s what I focus on. I extremely, extremely apologize for leaving, but my teammates and coaches understand. I am a very emotional player and we didn’t finish. It [leaving the field] had nothing to do with my teammates.”
The loss saw the Cowboys miss their opportunity to reclaim control of the NFC East, and at 7-7, they will face an uphill battle over the final two weeks to secure a playoff berth.