Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman went at it on the field during the Thanksgiving meeting between the two teams and then continued their battle during a postgame meeting that might have resembled what happened at a few dinner tables after a few bottles of wine.
The pushing and shoving gave way to sniping from both locker rooms with Bryant saying that Washington should get its money back from Norman and Norman alleging that Bryant said “Where I come from we unload the clip” when the two came together after the final whistle. Monday found both players in a less contentious mood.
Norman confirmed Bryant’s quote twice last Thursday but said on Monday, via Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, that Bryant didn’t actually say that. Per Tesfatsion, Norman intended the phrase as a metaphor for leaving everything out on the field. If true, there’s a lot of less loaded ways to make that point given the obvious allusion to a threat of violence via the use of a gun.
He also said he’s done with the entire situation.
“Nothing,” Norman said. “It really wasn’t a situation. It was a game. We lost. They won. That was it.”
Bryant expressed regret on Twitter for how he handled things and did so again on Monday.
“I wish I never did what I did, but that’s OK because it’s over with now,” Bryant said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I’m not even focused on that. I’m not even fitting to open up another can. It’s all said and done. I wish I never done it. It happened. It’s over with. … I have nothing against that guy, I’m pretty sure he’s got nothing against me. This thing is much more bigger than me. I’m here to do my job. That’s what I’m going to continue to keep doing. I addressed that and that’s so far behind me right now.”
Unless the two teams meet in the playoffs, Norman and Bryant won’t be on opposite sides of the field again until next season. We’ll have to wait to see if their detente makes it all the way through that matchup.