Ravens Cornerback Tells Dez Bryant to "Be a Man," Echoing Every Cowboys Fan Ever

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Toward the end of yesterday's Cowboys game, there was a two-play sequence that more or less captured the career of receiver Dez Bryant. After Bryant hauled in a touchdown catch to pull Dallas to within two, Tony Romo chucked a perfect ball into Bryant's chest, a pass that should have tied the game with 30 seconds to go.

Bryant dropped it, the Cowboys went on to lose. Tough loss, not an embarrassing loss. End of story. Only not.

As the ball ricocheted off his pads, Bryant immediately started looking around for a pass-interference penalty, throwing his arms out, screaming for the call. No penalty was called because none was committed -- and even if one had been, Bryant remained in perfect position to catch the ball. Still, after the game, he insisted to USA Today he'd been interfered with:

"I felt like it was a P.I. My opinion," said Bryant, visibly upset after a 31-29 loss which dropped Dallas to 2-3. "Not saying I couldn't catch it, because I feel like I can make difficult catches. But I feel like he put his arm around me. I haven't seen the play yet. But it wasn't called."

Then USA Today talked to the guy covering Bryant, cornerback Cary Williams, who said what so many Cowboys fans have been saying for so long:

"Dez is a great player, but it wasn't pass interference. It's two players going at it. And the referees let it happen. It is what it is, man. I didn't get my hand in there early, he just needed to catch the ball. I was able to make the play and he didn't. Kudos to me.

"He needs to step up and be a man. You can't be a baby about stuff. You've got to man up. It's one on one. Mano-a-mano. I got you. Sometimes you're going to win. Sometimes you're going to lose.

"You've just got to be a man and accept responsibility, give credit where credit is due. If it was me I'd say, you know what, he made the play and I didn't. Bottom line. Don't complain and look for a flag, man."

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marvin
marvin

He says, pretty clearly, that he should have caught the ball, even though he thought he was interfered with.  I don't see that as immature or wussified. Do you prefer the NBA policy where players aren't  allowed to question calls?

 

And where does he "insist" he was interfered with.  Literally half the quote is qualifiers.

 

And "Bryant remained in perfect position to catch the ball".  Kind of an oversell.

0010010
0010010

Dez Bryant receptions 13; Rest of team 12.

trevorh37
trevorh37

It was a 2-point conversion he dropped. It would have tied the game, not put Dallas ahead. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Be a man, be a woman... whatever.  You don't wake up on your 21st birthday and suddenly are  annointed with maturity.  I'm past 60 and I'm still growing up.

Mervis
Mervis

Right in the little grey box with the rest of his quote: ""I felt like it was a P.I. My opinion," said Bryant, visibly upset after a 31-29 loss which dropped Dallas to 2-3. "Not saying I couldn't catch it, because I feel like I can make difficult catches. But I feel like he put his arm around me. I haven't seen the play yet. But it wasn't called."

Mervis
Mervis

@0010010 Too bad he needed 14 for the team to have a chance to win.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

 @trevorh37 I just realized out of the blue that I screwed this up, fixed it, then came to see if one of our astute readers had pointed out. You guys never let me down.

marvin
marvin

 @Mervis I saw the quote.  Did you notice the phrases "I feel", "My opinion", "I haven't seen the play yet".  My point was that "insists" is an overstatement.  Literally half the quote was Bryant insisting that he wasn't sure it was a bad no call.

 

"he told USA Today he thinks it could have been interference" fits the quote better, "he insisted to USA Today he'd been interfered with:" fits the story better.

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