ARLINGTON, Texas — Wide receiver Dez Bryant went on a profanity-laced tirade in the Dallas Cowboys locker room Sunday night in response to a Vine video that allegedly showed him making derogatory remarks about a Seattle Seahawks player who had been knocked unconscious.
Late in the first half of the Cowboys’ 13-12 loss to the Seahawks, Dallas safety Jeff Heath delivered a blindside shot that knocked out Ricardo Lockette. Pushing and shoving between the teams ensued, while a cart was driven onto the field and Lockette was strapped down and taken to a local hospital for a precautionary exam.
He never lost movement in his extremities, and raised one arm high for most of the time he was removed from the field.
The Vine was created by Marcus Sullivan, who has a verified Twitter account. Sullivan, a Fox26 digital reporter, posted, ” #DezBryant after the #Seahawks #RicardoLockette was knocked out of the game “That’s what the F He gets” smh!”
In the seven-second video clip, Bryant appears to utter a profanity while he points his index finger at Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin.
Bryant angrily denied wishing harm upon Lockette.
“I won’t ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down. C’mon, man. Stop with the bulls—,” said Bryant, dressed in football pants and shower shoes. “Not once did I say that’s what you get. I got on one knee and prayed for that man.”
“I got on one knee and prayed for him. C’mon, man. Don’t put clips together and do that.”
“I won’t ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down. C’mon, man.”
When asked if the Seahawks accused Bryant of saying that about Lockette, the Cowboys receiver replied, “No man, y’all did. The bulls— media did.
“It didn’t have nothing to do with him,” Bryant responded when asked what was said on the video. “I swear on my daughter’s soul I would never in my life do that to anybody. I could’ve been talking about something completely …
After the five-minute interview session at his locker ended, Bryant worked himself into a frenzy regarding the situation.
He started cursing loudly and threatened to stop speaking to the media this season. He told reporters to stay away from his locker and created such a commotion that defensive end Tyrone Crawford made a detour to Bryant’s locker as he was leaving to check on the receiver.
Linebacker Sean Lee came over to investigate as well, politely asking the cameramen to stop rolling tape as Bryant continued to scream at no one in particular.
“Y’all took that s— too far. Whoever wrote that, whoever done that is a dirty m—–f—–. That really pissed me off. That ain’t right. That is not right. That is not right. That is not right.”
Two members of the Cowboys’ public relations department tried to calm down Bryant for several minutes before finally persuading him to dress in private in the trainers’ room.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he had a problem with the hit on Lockette and how the Cowboys handled themselves in the aftermath.
“I thought it was a classless play from everybody down,” Bennett said. “I thought their coach could have come to the aid of our player to see if he was OK. That’s what Pete Carroll would have done. I thought Jason Garrett could have done a better job of that.”