*Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant apologized for leaving the field before the clock ran out in Sunday’s loss, explaining that he didn’t want to be seen crying on the sideline, reports ESPN.
Bryant left the bench area with 1:21 remaining as the Green Bay Packers were running out the clock in an epic 37-36 come-from-behind victory, having rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit.
“I was wrong,” Bryant told reporters during a Monday morning visit to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. “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.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he would discuss the situation with Bryant, who had 11 catches for 153 yards and a spectacular touchdown, on Monday.
“We’ll address that with Dez today,” Garrett said in his radio interview with 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. “I understand why to a certain extent: They’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He’s an emotional guy; we’re all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field, and I’ll address that with him today, and just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.”
Garrett described Bryant, 25, as “one of the great team guys I’ve ever been around.”
“He loves his teammates, he loves this team, has a great passion for winning,” Garrett said. “You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He’ll learn from this situation.”
Following an interception thrown by Tony Romo, his second in the fourth quarter, Bryant walked off the field after a review of the play confirmed the pick by cornerback Tramon Williams, effectively sealing Green Bay’s victory.