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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)
Rookie receiver Dez Bryant drew some criticism Thursday for his actions on the Cowboys sideline, when he could be seen visibly upset, yelling at coaches and teammates. Some saw the the show of emotion as the manifestation of competitiveness and nothing more; but some saw it as the manifestation of selfishness, a sign that Dallas may have a diva on their hands.
Bryant, who had no catches on Thursday, was frustrated by a penalty, and had to be calmed down by receivers coach Ray Sherman. Commentator Troy Aikman said that the emotion seen from Bryant reminded him of his Hall of Famer teammate Michael Irvin, but, afterward, Drew Pearson drew a much less flattering comparison between Bryant and Terrell Owens.
Head coach Jason Garrett doesn't see a problem with Bryant’s outburst, however, saying on Monday that the rookie was not being selfish when he erupted on the sideline on Thanksgiving Day.
"No, I don't see that as a negative,'' Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “With any player, you want to make sure they're focused on the task at hand, but he's such an enthusiastic, passionate guy. In no way was it to me, and I don't think to the offensive guys or anybody on the team, a distraction.''
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