Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware played an interesting role in the instantly infamous Dez Bryant blowup on the visiting sideline of Ford Field, in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Detroit Lions. Specifically, he was seen grabbing Dez by the pads and shaking him a bit, while telling him something or other.
On Tuesday, we got a better idea of what that something or other was, with Ware telling reporters that he was encouraging Bryant to focus on the 12 seconds that remained in the game as opposed to the 59 minutes and 48 seconds that had already happened.
“There’s always a time and place--12 seconds left in the game, knowing how important you are in the game; that’s not the place,” Ware said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There’s always a time to approach the situation and approach it the right way.”
Ware acknowledged that tempers flaring on the sidelines is nothing unusual in the NFL, adding that he and Bryant are good friends, and that the team has put the incident behind them.
“To get respect, you’ve got to give respect to others. Me and Dez, we’re really close to each other, and he’s a great dude, a great player,” he said. “Sometimes things get heated on the sideline because we’re competitors. He’s a great competitor. There’s a time and place for everything. Everything is behind us now, and it’s on to the Vikings.”
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