Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant sounded off to the media for the second time this season following Sunday’s 13-12 loss to Seattle. Appearing in his first game since suffering a broken foot in Week 1, the 26-year-old Bryant called reporters out for their interpretation of what he may have said when Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette was carted off the field after taking a nasty hit during a punt play before halftime.
Houston affiliate FOX 26 captured a Vine of Bryant while Lockette was taken off the field, a clip that shows Bryant pointing towards a number of Seahawks players and perhaps saying “That’s what the f--- he gets.” But several Twitter users pointed out that it was too difficult to know for sure what Bryant actually said.
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A visibly exasperated Bryant evidently got wind of the report and told reporters after the loss that he would never wish ill on an injured player, and that he prayed for Lockette while he was down.
"One last thing. I won't ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that's being knocked out," said Bryant. "Come on, man. Stop with the bulls---. Not once did I say "Hey, that's what you get.' I got down on one knee and prayed for that man. "
Later it was revealed Lockette sustained a concussion and had movement in all his extremities.
Bryant has taken issue with the media and how they portray or cover him before. After he suffered a Jones’ fracture in his right foot against the New York Giants in the season opener, several reports indicated Bryant could be out for as long as 12 weeks.
Bryant took to Twitter to lambast the reports and suggested they surfaced because members of the media didn’t have access to him. And to his credit he returned far sooner than initial reports indicated.
The frustrations, meanwhile, continue for the Cowboys. Dallas has now lost five straight games to fall to 2-5 on the year, and Bryant was limited to two receptions for 12 yards off six targets from quarterback Matt Cassel, who’s filling in for the injured Tony Romo and lackluster Brandon Weeden.