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DeMarcus Ware says sideline interaction with Dez Bryant was heated

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When the NFL released the audio of Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant telling Tony Romo, “We’re the best in the NFL,” it was taken by some as proof that Bryant was nothing but positive in his interactions with teammates on the sideline on Sunday. But that’s not necessarily the case.

The NFL has not released the audio of Bryant’s interactions with Jason Witten or DeMarcus Ware, and Ware told the Fort Worth Star Telegram today that his own discussion with Bryant was heated. Although Ware stressed that he likes Bryant and considers him a great teammate, he also said he had to calm Bryant down late in the game.

“To get respect, you’ve got to give respect to others,” Ware said. “Me and Dez, we’re really close to each other, and he’s a great dude, a great player. Sometimes things get heated on the sideline because we’re competitors. He’s a great competitor. There’s a time and place for everything. Everything is behind us now, and it’s on to the Vikings.”

Ware said he was trying to make Bryant focus on the game while Bryant was ranting and raving on the sideline after Matthew Stafford gave the Lions a go-ahead touchdown with 12 seconds left.

“There’s always a time and place – 12 seconds left in the game, knowing how important you are in the game; that’s not the place,” Ware said. “There’s always a time to approach the situation and approach it the right way. . . . The thing is, you’ve got to carry things a certain way, do things a certain way. Twelve seconds left in the game, you got an opportunity to win. You go at it as such.”

Ware is an older veteran player who was providing some leadership on the sideline, but Bryant shouldn’t need to be told that with 12 seconds left, it’s time to focus on the next offensive play, not to scream at teammates.

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58 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware says sideline interaction with Dez Bryant was heated”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    I don’t have a problem with Bryant, so as long as the people who do have a problem want to point out when Tom Brady does the same thing.

  2. jjared1101 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:22 AM

    You’re right… because voicing your displeasure about something during the game is a terrible thing to do….

    If you’re Tom Brady, however…..

  3. vdogg says: Oct 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    I for one was shocked by Bryants demeanor, he’s always just been a model citizen and ideal teammate.

  4. scrp2 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    What Dez did might have been inappropriate but that’s how Cowboys fans act in their living rooms watching this team sometimes.

  5. melikefootball says: Oct 29, 2013 11:32 AM

    Did not look to good especially when Detroit is getting ready to kick the winning point. He wasn’t yelling we are the best then or when Witten was pushing him off.

  6. CKL says: Oct 29, 2013 11:40 AM

    STOP with the TB whining already. A lot of us Pats fans (me included) were irked with the level he got to with his pissiness towards his teammates (especially as he himself has been having an off year)and he himself publicly said he needed to check himself. When Dez says that publicly, let me know.

    As for this one, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware have always struck me as two of the nicest most calm and laid back guys in the league and I saw both of them get pretty heated with Dez, including a look on Ware’s face I’ve never seen before. I’d say that’s a pretty good standard to say this was not just Bryant being “passionate”. I don’t blame the Cowboys players and staff trying to make light of it publicly, but they’d better be geting in his face about his behavior privately.

  7. Kaz says: Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    It was weird to see Cowboy fans rushing to that video as proof Bryant was being positive. It didn’t even show the heated outburst from Dez against Whitten. Granted I don’t know what was said, but no doubt that was heated.

  8. azarkhan says: Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    Dez Bryant reminded me of Terrell Owens, and that is never a good thing.

  9. operations666 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    Must be something in the Dallas water. It’s like how Tony Romo ALWAYS has to publicly yell at and humiliate receivers when he misses a pass on 3rd down. It’s never Tony’s fault, and the entire TV viewing nation has to know it.

    He and Dez think they’re the best in the NFL? Ha. Win something first, boys.

  10. Deb says: Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    I’ll never understand why, when discussing apples, commenters feel the need to bring up oranges. Not defending Brady’s railing at receivers. But that’s a veteran QB slamming guys who just screwed up a play. What does that have to do with a receiver going nuts on the sideline after the defense allows a go-ahead score? In one case, you’ve got the team leader yelling at inexperienced players over their mistakes. In the other, you’ve got a guy cracking up and distracting teammates when there’s 12 seconds on the clock and they’ve got to take the field.

    The behavior may not be appropriate in either case, but there’s no comparison between the two incidents.

  11. realfootballfan says: Oct 29, 2013 11:56 AM

    “Everything is behind us now, and it’s on to the Vikings.”
    —–

    Well, playing the Vikings should put everything back on track at least for a week. That’s been the answer for everyone else this year who’s played them.

  12. paulsmith107 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    Non issue seriously tom does it and its a day and forgotten. Dez does it and its a huge story for three days

  13. linemanguy74 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    I have a problem with anyone that hits their mother

  14. ninerrob52 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    He was miked up, why do’t they just play the tape?

  15. jack3dsd says: Oct 29, 2013 12:03 PM

    How would you react I’d your D just stood up and let Stafford run it in

  16. vegasjack1 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:05 PM

    Dez is not the team leader. Brady is. Brady haters, you look petty…

  17. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    ———————————-
    realfootballfan says:
    Oct 29, 2013 11:56 AM
    “Everything is behind us now, and it’s on to the Vikings.”
    —–

    Well, playing the Vikings should put everything back on track at least for a week. That’s been the answer for everyone else this year who’s played them.
    ———————————–

    Except the Steelers. :)

  18. zam0854 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    NO ONE SEEN THIS COMING…

    A history of theft, drug dealing, and domestic abuse…

    Just recently signed with the Jordan Brand…

    And this guy was the guest speaker at a “Dallas Men Against Abuse” seminar LOL

    Dallas should have kept that draft pick from the Patriots and took Devin McCourty

  19. jbaxt says: Oct 29, 2013 12:07 PM

    TB is a jerk of doing it too. Though keep in mind you’re comparing a SB winner to a big name WR with nothing to show for his supposed greatness. Not to mention Dez went crazy 3-4 times on the sideline, TBs rant wasn’t as long and was for a WR running the wrong route.

    They’re both children but tom was like a 12 year old fit, Dez was more like a 2 year old.

  20. jjared1101 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:09 PM

    “STOP with the TB whining already. A lot of us Pats fans (me included) were irked with the level he got to with his pissiness towards his teammates (especially as he himself has been having an off year)and he himself publicly said he needed to check himself. When Dez says that publicly, let me know”

    Dez doesn’t have anything to publicly apologize for…listen to the audio.

    And it’s not whining… it’s pointing out the facts. Tom Brady was not blasted like Dez has been…That’s a fact.

    There is a double standard when it comes to certain guys yelling at teammates. Some guys get the leadership label..some guys get the problem label.

  21. leapyrman says: Oct 29, 2013 12:13 PM

    I really hate the implication that Brady is allowed to say and act like he wants because he is white when it is because he is the quarterback. The QB is allowed to yell and scream when he is talking to his teammates while the WR is supposed to be quiet.

  22. richardcolvinreid says: Oct 29, 2013 12:13 PM

    Ware is one of the softest players in the NFL. I love seeing players get heated cause they hate losing.

  23. patsfansknowitall says: Oct 29, 2013 12:14 PM

    Brady and Bryant are both hysterical babies who can’t handle their emotions. I expect that maturity out of Bryant, but not a “veteran” 36 year old QB. Giselle should be more concerned with his onfield mentality rather than his hair plugs.

  24. sdchicken says: Oct 29, 2013 12:15 PM

    I would get frustrated too if our offense was averaging 38 points per game in losses, but you need to be professional.

  25. 1historian says: Oct 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    ”How ’bout them cowboys!!?”

    You can’t make this up

    Stay classy, jerruh

  26. thehouseofho says: Oct 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    Can you guys stop comparing Brady to Bryant, please!

    Do you want to know why it wasn’t a big deal when Brady threw his little hissy fit? It’s because he owned up to it at the post-game conference! He even admitted that it was counterproductive, then said he needs to do a better job controlling his emotions.

    What does Dez Bryant say when asked about his tantrums? He tells everyone how passionate he is, there’s nothing wrong with his actions, and he’s not going to change anything.

    If you want to compare the two, compare how Brady is mature and professional to how Bryant is immature and unaware.

  27. coreydean says: Oct 29, 2013 12:23 PM

    To me, it seems Dez is the only one on that team who gets upset over their losses.

    The Cowboys lose games like this ALL the time. Over and over and over and nothing seems to change. This team has a disgusting amount of talent and no heart/desire. I think a lot of players on this team want to win so they don’t have to be asked about why they lost. Instead of wanting to win to, you know, actually WIN! Seems like not a lot of players on this team are competitive.

  28. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 29, 2013 12:25 PM

    Bryant realized that the Lions’ miracle comeback marginalized his performance – when pre-comeback, he’d have been canonized as a hero …. all while in his “duel” against Megatron.

    Bryant was unable to control himself under the burden of that quantum shift: from being the game hero to getting “little-brothered” by Calvin Johnson.

  29. strokinmyego says: Oct 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    “And it’s not whining… it’s pointing out the facts. Tom Brady was not blasted like Dez has been…That’s a fact.”

    A fair point but who’s fault is that? Certainly not Tom Brady’s. I think you and others like you let your hatred of Brady cloud your ability to actually blame the media (who drive the story-lines and put labels on players) for the double standard of yelling at teammates.

    Personally I find it somewhat comical the national audience has finally caught onto Brady’s fiery personality. I’ve watched Brady’s entire career and he’s been like this from day one. He’s yelled at Brown, Faulk, Branch. Welker, Moss, Gronk, and every other player he’s ever played with. Brady’s an incredibly fiery player and he wears his emotions on his sleeve. He leaves everything out on the field.

    But guess what? His teammates vouch for him, call him a great leader, and say they have no issue with how he conducts himself on the field. Brady’s earned the respect of his team and the NFL as a whole. Can we say the same for Dez Bryant?

  30. scaredhitless says: Oct 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Dez’s behavior was wrong. He’s a grown man. Wish more men behaved like men.

    Want to know how a man behaves…

    John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. Calm. Cool. Collected.

    End. Of. Discussion.

  31. azarkhan says: Oct 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    paulsmith107 says: Non issue seriously tom does it and its a day and forgotten

    Tom doesn’t do it with 12 seconds left in the game, the Patriots down a point, and the Patriot offense getting ready to take the field. Also, Brady’s outbursts received lots of coverage and, apparently, have not been forgotten, at least by anti-Patriot trolls. Any other bad comparisons you care to make?

  32. Youknowimright says: Oct 29, 2013 12:36 PM

    Want to know how a man behaves…

    John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. Calm. Cool. Collected.

    ——————————————–Coaches need to stay calm, cool and collected. Players in the fire need to be riled up and in football you better be on the edge of crazy to play that game at a high level.

  33. tmac4454 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:42 PM

    First of all, anyone can see that someone is trying to cover this drama up. The scene where Witten and Ware was not about being the best in the NFL. If he was miked up, let me hear that conversation.
    Quit bringing up Tammy Brady, it is not about Tammy it is about Dizzy Bryant!!!!!
    Bottom line, I am very happy that Stafford place that disorganized organization in the lost column.

  34. northstarnic says: Oct 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    Bryant displaying the typical prima dona, spoiled man-child behavior that we have come to expect with WRs. He is miles behind Megatron on so many levels.

  35. hgamatt says: Oct 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    I still contend that if Ware, Witten and Romo were such great leaders, it would equate to more wins. Teams with players that yell as a form of motivation (Irvin, Lewis, Brady) seem to have more accountability and better success. Maybe this is the type of thing the Cowboys need to get over the .500 mark.

  36. b921 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:00 PM

    Dez might have gone a bit too far but when are people going to lay off. He might be the only player on this team that cares about winning more than collecting his pay check and avoiding injury. If Witten, Romo, and Ware played with half the heart that Bryant does the Cowboys would be 8-0.

    Anyone who has played competitive sports understands the edge that a teams gains when they are hungry for a win. Collectively, the Cowboys do not have this and props to Bryant for trying to light the fire. They might as well trade Bryant and pick up a guy like Britt that will fit their team demeanor a little bit better, let Bryant go to a team that actually wants to win football games.

  37. hgamatt says: Oct 29, 2013 1:01 PM

    But guess what? His teammates vouch for him, call him a great leader, and say they have no issue with how he conducts himself on the field. Brady’s earned the respect of his team and the NFL as a whole. Can we say the same for Dez Bryant?

    ________________________________

    Yes, we can. Every teammate, coach and GM/Owner has come out and said that Dez is a great teammate, and a fierce competitor. Can everyone please leave 2011 in the past, and accept that this guy has been a great player and seemingly transformed man over the past 2 years, rather than just waiting on the next shoe to drop?

  38. bgarrityirb says: Oct 29, 2013 1:01 PM

    For all those saying if you have a problem with dez then you should have a problem with brady, difference is… At the post game press conference Brady admitted he got out of control and needs to take a look in the mirror. What did dez say??? Oh thats right…

  39. donjuan1906 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    Cowboy fans you don’t wanna hear this – but the truth is always hard to swallow!

    The dysfunction will continue until these two things happen!

    1. Jerry Jones fires himself as GM relegates his roll to “OWNER ONLY”
    2. Fire his front of staff along with entire coaching staff – start anew
    3. Hire people that can be honest with him and not tell him what he only wants to hear!

    Until this happens, you guys will continue to be an overhyped and underwhelming franchise until these things happen!

    Jerry is in a comfort zone – he hires people that draft players he likes, not that are good – but players Jerry likes. Jerry I like you, I think you bring character to the league; but remove yourself from the football operations and hire some people, let them do their jobs – evaluate the new regime in a 5 year window, discuss their progress each year – and move along.

    As always, the problem is not the one player (Dez Bryant) – it’s what the person at the top allows that one player to continue to do to disrupt the team! It’s the culture Jerry Jones allows to manifest and ferment, so you have sub-par players believing in their ability and resting on their laurels that they are the Cowboys and teams will bow down! Instead it pisses other teams off, at how glorified the cowboys are and the other teams are relegated to second hand citizens to perennial .500 squad! So you can’t blame Romo, Whitten, Ware, Garrett, and you can’t depend on Callahan to get them in line, when he couldn’t even get his players in line for the super bowl with the Raiders! Jerry time to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself – CLEAN HOUSE AND START ANEW!

  40. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    really, your names is DEZ?!?!? lol

  41. kastout11 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    The reason it is a big deal for Dez and not Brady is because Dez is a punk. I don’t like the Pats either, but Brady wins. That is the difference. When Dez accomplishes half as much as Ware, Witten or Romo, let me know. Him being a punk is why his draft plummeted also. He needs to start thinking more about his team and less about himself. For the record, he is not nearly the receiver Megatron is, and never will be.

  42. stealthscorpio says: Oct 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    12 seconds…LOL…yeah ok Vince Lombardi

    Dez is the only Cowboy with a competitive pulse

    Free Dez!

  43. doublenickelz says: Oct 29, 2013 1:21 PM

    ENOUGH already!!! If we had 10 more Dez type passionate players on this team we would be 7 and Dez will be the cowboys emotional leader as was Michael Irvin! Dez didnt have the fortune of being brought by ANYBODY who could teach him right from wrong. hes learning! I love his fire and hope it spreads to the rest of the team!

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:31 PM

    scrp2 says: Oct 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    What Dez did might have been inappropriate but that’s how Cowboys fans act in their living rooms watching this team sometimes.
    ————–

    And definitely on social media and firing off on supposed “haters” pages, these Dallas fans hahaha. You have it spot on.

  45. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    vegasjack1 says: Oct 29, 2013 12:05 PM

    Dez is not the team leader. Brady is. Brady haters, you look petty…
    ————–

    Brady is a fine player. Why would I hate him? You Patriots fans hate when people speak the truth about your team my God.

    The Giants own the Patriots, why would I hate Brady, again?

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    scaredhitless says: Oct 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Dez’s behavior was wrong. He’s a grown man. Wish more men behaved like men.

    Want to know how a man behaves…

    John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. Calm. Cool. Collected.

    End. Of. Discussion.
    —————–

    Farrell is too busy thinking up politically correct answers and flat out lies in the postgame to be getting riled up.

  47. birdfanatdabeach says: Oct 29, 2013 1:38 PM

    Dez Bryant…tick….tick….tick….

    If the pattern holds the next incident will be an early morning police report at some club that caters to the young and stupid…

  48. socalcpa7 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:55 PM

    “We’re the best in the NFL” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  49. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 29, 2013 2:07 PM

    “I don’t have a problem with Bryant, so as long as the people who do have a problem want to point out when Tom Brady does the same thing.”
    ——————————————-

    uh, ok, next time Brady has a screaming fit because he just gave an interview about how he’s just as good as Peyton but he can’t prove it because Billichek won’t let him throw the ball then we should point it out.

  50. paulsmith107 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    Okay so Brady is cool because it was inexperienced players doing the wrong thing. Hmmmmm well what about when it was with offensive coordinator bill obrien yeup waiting on the excuse there

  51. nard100 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:19 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says:
    Oct 29, 2013 12:25 PM
    Bryant realized that the Lions’ miracle comeback marginalized his performance – when pre-comeback, he’d have been canonized as a hero …. all while in his “duel” against Megatron.

    Bryant was unable to control himself under the burden of that quantum shift: from being the game hero to getting “little-brothered” by Calvin Johnson.

    ————————————————–

    This is the gospel truth. You can only imagine how the detroit fans were getting on Dez about how he wasn’t is the same universe as Megatron and you could just tell it ate him up and when the game was about to be lost as well, he lost it. I loved it myself. He just showed how small time he really is. The reason CJ is big time is because he has someone in his life to guide him in the qualities that produce greatness. His Dad. One of those qualities is humility. CJ doesn’t have to tell you how great he is or how he compares to anyone. On the other hand Dez is yelling at his QB with little understanding of the situation. He just doesn’t get that it’s not Romo’s job to adjust to him, it’s his to adjust to Romo. That’s what made the argument so comical. And no I’m not a Lions fan.

  52. realfootballfan says: Oct 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    Bryant needs to control his outbursts, but the frustration underlines what’s really wrong on that team.

    The Cowboys are mentally weak and have been for years. It starts at the top with management, is epitomized by Romo, and Bryant, although handling it wrong, is probably disgusted by how mediocrity is accepted as the norm in Dallas and has been with no change in sight. Dallas is exactly .500 over their past 250+ games or so with one playoff win in nearly 20 years.

    A culture change is in order, and if Jerry does finally fire Garrett, hopes for the fans should be that he does what he did a few years ago when he turned most of the franchise over to Parcells when he finds a comparable coach to take over.

    Imo, it’s why Gruden can’t work there because he doesn’t know personnel, which is going to be essential for whoever fixes the malaise in Dallas long term.

  53. pftfannum1 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:51 PM

    On the sideline, there are plenty of gatorade coolers to appropriately express one’s frustration.

  54. laserw says: Oct 29, 2013 3:07 PM

    What has Dez Bryant done in the NFL?

    He’s had a few games above average and the rest of his career is filled with mediocrity.

    I suggest he shut his trap and improve.

    Or run his trap and show the world his true clown self.

  55. thesportgenius says: Oct 29, 2013 3:33 PM

    TO.2…Million dollar talent with a 10 cent brain. You knew he wasn’t too bright when he got kicked out of a shopping mall by security for wearing his pants to low.

  56. tientzu1 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:59 PM

    Calvin Johnson has Diddy to run interference for him…so he can concentrate on ballin…

  57. TD Hawk says: Oct 29, 2013 5:43 PM

    In a way I feel for Dez. He’s not the brightest and had a crappy upbringing. When those in the know say he’s maturing, they mean from a 5th to an 8th grader so we should give him some slack. Seriously.

    He’s got talent and NEEDS to be surrounded by those who can lead the way because he’s lacked anything resembling normal parenting as a kid. Hard to criticize someone like that.

  58. ibrulz2012 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    I’m not sure what the majority of people on here are even talking about any longer…do some of you not have audio on your pc? It’s pretty clear he’s not crying for the ball or yelling at Romo….

    If he’s being a petulant child then give me MORE on my team…

    Oh and it’s come out that the Witten Dez exchange was simply Dez cussing over and over, and Witten getting him to snap out of it…wait, cursing on the sidelines? Unheard of.

    Btw, Pacman Jones literally threatens to come after one of the Jets receivers and were stuck on this…

    Lets get smart.

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