Dez Caught Almost Everything……Except a Break

BY TIM LOVE

On October 27th the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions battled in a game for the ages. Calvin Johnson had a nearly record breaking game with 329 receiving yards.

However, many of the analysts didn’t even focus on the amazing game that Johnson had.
Many analysts focused on Dez Bryant at the end of the third quarter and most of the fourth.

The analyst talked about the so-called “tantrum” that Bryant was throwing on the sideline. The cameras showed Bryant throwing his helmet down and apparently yelling at Tony Romo and Coaches.

Many analysts were irate and basically called Bryant selfish and a bad teammate. That would all change in the next few days.

The next day the audio of the “tantrum” came out. Many of the analysts were now changing their opinions of Bryant and now called him a passionate player instead of a selfish teammate because the audio showed him saying things such as “we’re the best in the league at this” and “nobody can stop us”.

Was he just being too passionate?

That is something that each individual would have to determine however, the media seemed to jump to the conclusion about what was happening on the sideline. Because of Bryant’s past they automatically assumed that he was being a bad teammate and a distraction.

The media should be prompt with their coverage, but they should also strive to deliver the most accurate information as possible. The media shows no mercy to players with a troubled past and can’t wait to throw a player under the bus when even the slightest incident happens.

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