Cowboys TE Rico Gathers says fights are just players “competing”

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Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett applauded the “spirit” players showed in three scuffles in Thursday’s practice. Players wear the word “Fight” on T-shirts after all.

But Garrett apparently didn’t like Sunday’s brouhaha quite as much. The Cowboys coach briefly kicked tight end Rico Gathers, receiver Noah Brown and linebacker Kyle Wilber out of practice.

Just competing with my teammates,” Gathers said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It got a little heated. I finished the play all the way through and some of the defense didn’t really agree with that.”

Per Davison, Wilber beat Gathers in a pass-rush drill in front of the team during the ‘compete period,’ and the two had heated exchanges after the whistles blew. Gathers slammed down his helmet and headed to the locker room.

“That is my way of calming myself down,” Gathers said. “I’m trying to hit none of my teammates, so I take it out my helmet. My coaches don’t agree with that. They sent me in to the locker room for 10 minutes. When I came back to practice I went back to work.”

Wilber and Brown then had an exchange in team drills and were sent to timeout, escorted to the locker room. Wilber exchanged words with Dez Bryant before leaving. Wilber and Brown, like Gathers, returned before the end of practice. But Garrett lectured all three upon their return.

“You know some people need a breather,” Bryant said. “Some people need a break, need time to calm down. Nothing wrong with that. It’s not a big issue. You seen them come out, they all finished practiced. We had a good day. We had a great day, actually.”

7 responses to “Cowboys TE Rico Gathers says fights are just players “competing”

  1. So if they get into fights and show no composure in team practices and get applauded for it don’t be shocked to see them do it in games and cost you 15 yards in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and perhaps getting ejected from games.

  2. Belichick does refer to them as fights. He calls them ‘breakdowns of discipline and focus’ and punishes them as such. Cant knock his results, perhaps the Cowboys should take a page from that book.

  3. Belichick doesn’t refer to them as fights. He calls them ‘breakdowns of discipline and focus’ and punishes them as such. Cant knock his results, perhaps the Cowboys should take a page from that book.

  4. These are men competing for potential to earn millions, I would hope they would fight for that. Not saying all fights are equal but with the physicality of the game and grind of training camp, these are expected and often overblown by outsiders looking in.

  5. You do realize that if these fights took place outside the confines of a football field and out in public people would be getting arrested?

    If I was around town and just decided because I was angry at somebody for beating me in a game of darts and I started shoving this person around, regardless of whether I hurt the person or not, I would be in serious legal trouble?

    If a fight like this happened in a game the refs wouldn’t care if it was just a scuffle, what caused it, or whether anyone was hurt or not, they’d throw a yellow flag.

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