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Dez Defends Sideline Outburst

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after his first quarter touchdown reception against the New York Giants was confirmed by video replay on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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On Wednesday, Cowboys’ rookie receiver Dez Bryant defended his actions on Thanksgiving Day, when he was seen yelling at teammates and coaches on the Dallas sidelines.

The show of emotion was compared favorably, by commentator Troy Aikman, to Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, but since then, some have expressed some worry over whether the move smacked of that of a diva. In the aftermath of the Thanksgiving Day loss, Drew Pearson likened Bryant’s actions to Terrell Owens, suggesting that Bryant’s outburst was more about not getting the ball than the team struggling.

Bryant insists that this is not the case.

"That’s the type of guy I am about football," Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. "I felt like there was nothing wrong. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I felt like it was the game bringing that out of me."

Bryant was frustrated last Thursday by a Saints’ defense that paid particular attention to him, a problem that Bryant says will have to deal with as he becomes more established as a player in the league.

"Just got to work through it," Bryant said. "I feel like someone is going to be open. If they want to double on me, Miles [Austin], or Roy [Williams] or [Jason Witten], somebody is going to be open."

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Related Topics Dez Bryant, Troy Aikman
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