Dez Bryant was “shocked” by penalty for removing his helmet


Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant never knew that a player who takes off his helmet when complaining to an official is automatically flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Until he found out the hard way on Sunday.

Bryant was flagged for offensive pass interference against the Vikings, and when he approached referee Jeff Triplette to question the call, he took off his helmet. Bryant said he wasn’t trying to get in Triplette’s face and had no idea that he would be penalized for taking his helmet off.

“I wasn’t angry at the ref,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News. “I was trying to see what the call was. I thought they called pass interference on the defense. When I was trying to come out of my break, the guy was tugging on me a little bit and I was trying to break away from it. He threw the flag and the whole time I’m thinking it’s a flag on [Minnesota]. Then I took my helmet off and I didn’t know that that was a penalty. I was kind of shocked and then I heard the ref say, ‘He took his helmet off.’ I know now not to take my helmet off. If you go back and look at the play, you’ll see I’m shocked. I’m confused.”

Bryant may not have known that’s a penalty, but it is: When a player takes off his helmet to argue a call, he gets flagged. Period.

But when asked why he took his helmet off, Bryant said he just wanted to make sure Triplette could understand him when he was asking about the flag.

“So he could see me clear,” Bryant said. “I took my helmet off so I could tell him. I didn’t know it was a flag because the play was over with. I’ll learn from it.”

The Cowboys’ coaches may want to sit down with Bryant for a chat about other rules, so that he doesn’t have to learn anything else by getting a 15-yard penalty.

87 responses to “Dez Bryant was “shocked” by penalty for removing his helmet

  1. Sure Dez…you only took your helmet off to aid the communication process, not because you were angry, agitated, aggressive, or asinine.

    Unless any of us saw the play and your reaction, in which case all of the above apply.

  2. This is the second week in a row this assclown has been “misunderstood”. You took your helmet off so the ref could see your face when you were probably berating him. Pretty soon this “I’m just a misunderstood teddy bear” act is going to get old. Oh wait. It’s already old.

    The good news for Dez is that the Cowboys reward this type of behaviour and will give him a 4 year $395,000,000 fully guaranteed contract because he is the product of Michael Irvin and Calvin Johnson having a lovechild named Dez.

  3. howiefeltersnatch says: Nov 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Every team needs to show their players the replay of the last two minutes from that Browns/Chiefs season opener from back yonder.

    I get what you are saying, however, that play (2002 week 1) Rudd took his helmet off while the play was still going on and tossed it in the air.

    Slightly different circumstance here, even though the lesson is the same.

  4. Once again a supposed professional shows he doesn’t even know all the basic rules of the game.


  5. Perception: I wasn’t angry.

    Reality: Video evidence shows that Bryant was practically frothing with a snarl on his face was screaming at the ref.

    Oh wait, he was just trying to stay positive and “encourage” the ref. Got it.

  6. logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 4, 2013 11:20 AM
    Meanwhile, in Washington, the best WR in the NFL not named Calvin Johnson caught 7 balls for 172 yards in Pierre Garcon. #BurgundyandGoldstandard


    Sigh, why can’t i just ignore your continued trolling. Anyways, while it pains me to say it as a Giants fan, maybe you could argue that Garcon is having a better year than Victor, but that is argument over 3rd best receiver in the sub-par NFC East this season (let alone the league).

  7. To be fair, both his coach and owner condon his onfield actions so there should be no surprise internally in Cowboy land.

  8. What’s worse, a WR that takes off his helmet, or a QB who actually costs his team a game (Andy Dalton) because he doesn’t know the rules of overtime and how a safety is scored?

    I was at the game yesterday. Seeing Jeff Triplette in persone just confirmed to me everything I’ve heard that he is, in fact, the worst ref in football. How do you put extra time back on the clock after three consecutive plays at the end of the game?

  9. Updated Report: Bryant has just been informed by the league office that officials also flag for “holding” an opposing ballplayer when engaged in contact.

    No word yet on whether Dez has been filled-in on the latest “pass interference” phenomenon that refs are starting to look for in the passing game.

  10. He has so much passion that it knocked the helmet right off his head.

    It’s not his fault that he’s completely full of it.

  11. Dez, maybe you should take a rules class from Jared Allen. Watching the reply, you could see he was calling for the flag even before the ref. threw the flag! What a dumb-ass!

  12. Come on , he was just showing his passion when he removed his helment(sarcasm).

    Is he just a box of rocks? This rule has been around for a while now.

  13. maybe if he spent less time on the sideline yelling, he would have time to learn the rules.
    an example of a lame organization that does not hold their players accountable. most teams take a player out for a play or chew him out for doing something stupid. cowboys”’ nothing( unless pretend gm J.Jones hugged him on the sidelines)

  14. LogicalVoiceSays is at it again. You sniffed way too much glue as a kid. You can’t truly believe your comments, but you play the perfect PFT villain.

    Apparently, you missed Sunday Night Football because #80 looked ok too. I’m not saying Andre Johnson is a top 5 WR anymore, but still WAY BETTER than Pierre Garcon. I guess guys like AJ Green, Dez, or anyone who wears a Broncos jersey are just hacks? Bottom line is that I would take at least 10-15 guys over Garcon. No glue here…

  15. Serious question about this rule … was it not supposed to be that you could not take you helmet off at any point on the field of play before, during or after a play regardless of whether you were talking to a Ref?

    I seem to recall the Browns getting shafted once because a player took off his helmet on the filed after a blocked field goal and the other team got a redo and won … does anyone else remember that?

  16. Browns fans remember Dwayne Rudd “a.k.a. Helmetgate” when we essentially won the game with 00:00 on the clock, but he took off his helmet before the actual play was over giving the Chiefs 15 yards + an untimed down which they used to kick the winning field goal to win the game.

    He should know better.

  17. This is what you get when not only don’t condemn his repeated acts of stupidity, but appear to encourage and endorse them like they did last week.

    Why in the world would he tone down his act when his teammates, coaches and his owner go out of their way to not only NOT criticize him for a 10 minute outburst on the sidelines, but make statements in support of it?

    It’s going to keep escalating, because that’s what happens. It’s the reason you have leaders in the first place. But the Cowboys leaders are refusing to lead, and this is the result.

  18. Hard to believe he doesn’t know this rule, but at least one player gets nailed for this every season.

    I saw how the Vikings were trying to provoke him into losing his temper. He did a good job of not taking the bait. But until he learns to keep his cool, players on the opposing teams are going to go after him.

    And no, the Jonathan Martin situation is not similar. Getting it daily from your linemates (on your own team) is different from a little verbal abuse from opponents during a game.

  19. Considering how much publicity there’s been about this rule–and how long it’s been in place–I can’t believe Bryant was oblivious. That said, though, it’s an idiotic rule. Absolutely idiotic.

  20. bpayton52 says:
    Nov 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    meanwhile back in reality the cowboys are leading the division and dez has more yards and tds than all redskin wideouts combined


    * and arrests

  21. bpayton52 says: Nov 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    meanwhile back in reality the cowboys are leading the division and dez has more yards and tds than all redskin wideouts combined


    You had to get 5 turnovers and still almost lost to the G-men and you barely beat the Ponder jv…. Awesome!!!!

    FYI RGIII has a gimpy knee and still is 202 total rushing behind your “rb” Murray.

  22. Illogicalvoice:
    The 5 Best Receivers (in my opinion) do NOT include Garcon.
    -Calvin Johnson
    -Andre Johnson
    -Larry Fitzgerald (considering what he’s had to put up with in Arizona, absolutely!)
    -Brandon Marshall
    -AJ Green
    Honerable Mention: Jordy Nelson

  23. It’s ironic that he doesn’t know the rule since it was a former Cowboy that was the inspiration for it.

    Emmitt Smith used to rip his helmet off during TD celebrations which led to other players doing it and hence the rule.

    Why the made the rule so sweeping instead of just banning it during TD celebrations, I have no idea.

    But it’s not surprising to me that an NFL player might not be aware of a rule. It wasn’t that long ago the Donovan didn’t know that a regular season game could end in a tie.

  24. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 4, 2013 11:44 AM

    Still better than Calvin “Microtron” Johnson.


    Dez? Is that you?

  25. ziplock10

    are you serious skins have 3 wins and you brag, please at start of year all skins fans thought they would be undefeated, haha!! rj3 cnt do it alone.

    just like every year you guys spend millions and win nothing..

    Dont talk till you actually done something or at least be .500

  26. Dez Bryant has been in the league long enough to know that players are required to wear their helmets at all times when in between the lines during a game. To purposely remove it while on the field, especially in front of and while arguing with a referee, is cause for a penalty.

    His excuse is like the lie a child with chocolate around his mouth would tell his mom about not eating the cake before supper.

    Let’s not pretend for a second that his explanation has any basis in truth. Please.

  27. This comment section just goes to prove how good Dez is.

    He took his helmet off. That’s it. Said he didn’t know the rule, now he does and he’ll never do it again.

    There’s about 65 comments in here berating Dez Bryant. McNabb didn’t know the game could end in a tie. Chip Kelly didn’t know the rule about injured players a few weeks ago. Dalton didn’t know the safety rule. He flat out admitted “Hey, I didn’t know the rule and now I do, it wont happen again” and you cry baby jealous women scream DIVA, CRIMINAL, HE’S SO IMMATURE

    It happens. You’re increased criticizm of Dez over very dumb things just goes to prove….You guys are SO mad he’s not on your team. Calling him a Diva…why? Because he was mad they lost the game last week? I don’t really use the word a lot, but this is what they mean by “Hater”

  28. Dez Bryant must be an idiot. I never played a down of football at any level and I knew removing your helmet results in a penalty. I wonder if he knows a field goal also equals 3 pts.

  29. It appears that Dez Bryant, Ritchie Icognito, Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodriguez all took lessons from the same PR team. Deny deny deny and make the other side prove what a lying dumbarse you are.

  30. I am a Dallas fan.

    As such, I find it totally inexcusable that a player, and a Cowboy at that, would NOT know the “Emmitt Smith Rule”.

  31. Doesn’t college have the same if not similar rule?

    High school athletes are expected to know the rules. You don’t grow out of that requirement.

  32. He was only approaching Triplette in a “rah rah” sort of way,as Tony Romo would say. As long as people like him,Jones and Witten keep covering for him,Bryant will continue to behave like a fool. Coloradocowboy is right…that rule came about because of Emmitt Smith taking his helmet off in the end zone during TD celebrations. You’d think a Cowboy would know that.

  33. Ummm…did the flag have an electric taser built into it?
    How the hell can you be shocked when you know the rules say you can’t take your helmet off when you are on the field of play. How about drumming down the fake drama a bit and work on being a solid team player! Oh Wait, he’s a cowgirl!, nevermind!!!

  34. Dez needs to grow up. Then he can get himself a rule book and read it on his down time. The rules state that your helmet must be kept on your head while in the field of play. The only exception is if it comes lose or needs to be readjusted to fit your dreadlocks.

    Dez is one of those players with a boatload of talent that actually hurts his team. The Cowboys can’t let him go because he can make plays, but his behavior on and off the field makes it hard to get a team to gel. He has a “Dez first” attitude.

  35. Garcon, not even close to being the best in the NFL. Thats gotta be some kind of joke right? Dez isnt either, but has the potential to be in the conversation some day. CJ, ANDRE, GREEN, MARSHAL, FITZGERALD, WELKER, COLSTEN. just off the top of my head wide outs with more talent than PG.

  36. Pretty sure Dez has a problem comprehending words with more than 4 letters. It’s no wonder he doesn’t understand the rules.

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