Dez Bryant had a few incidents on the sidelines during the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Bryant yelled at quarterback Tony Romo after a third-down incomplete pass in the direction of Dwayne Harris late in the third quarter.
Later he got into a shouting match with tight end Jason Witten after the Lions took the lead with 12 seconds remaining. The incident with Witten got so animated that inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware had to separate the two.
After the game Bryant attempted to downplay the incidents.
“My passion is always positive,” said Bryant, via ESPN. “It’s always positive. It’s going to remain the same way. I’m not saying anything wrong. I’m not saying anything bad. It’s all positive. That’s just what it is.
Bryant had three catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys loss.
“I’m the nicest person off the field. When I’m on the field, even when I look angry, it’s still all good passion. It’s all good passion. I feel like that’s what we need. I’m going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you’ve got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You’ve got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line.”
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo also downplayed the incidents saying that Bryant was not demanding the ball to be thrown to him.
“He’s never complained to me about getting the ball,” Romo said. “He knows that the ball’s going where it’s supposed to. He knows that.
“When you guys sometimes see emotions from Dez, it’s just trying to ‘rah, rah’ more than it is being a ‘me’ guy. That’s not who Dez is. I think that would be completely out of character for him if there was ever a ‘me’ situation.”
Witten also told reporters that he had no hard feelings towards Bryant.