We may not be hearing any more words of wisdom from Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant this offseason.
Bryant, who has made highly publicized comments recently about his goal of gaining 2,000 receiving yards and about the way hatred of the Cowboys motivates him to work out, wrote on Twitter that he believes his words have been misconstrued. As a result, although Bryant will continue to comply with the NFL rules that require players to give the media access at the team’s headquarters, other than that, he says he isn’t talking.
“I’m never talking with the media outside of valley ranch all they do is twist your words,” Bryant wrote on Twitter.
Bryant didn’t say specifically which members of the media have taken him out of context, but the radio station Bryant made his comments about hatred of the Cowboys on, ESPN 600 in El Paso, complained on Twitter that when the interview was picked up nationally by ESPN television, Bryant’s words were twisted. The El Paso station specifically said that Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith had unfairly used a snippet of the interview to criticize Bryant.
Criticism from folks like Bayless and Smith comes with the territory of being a professional athlete, and Bryant would be wise to develop thick skin about that. The reality is, he’ll face that kind of criticism whether he gives media interviews or not.