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A hard week in publicity for the Dallas Cowboys did not have a better Friday night when Dez Bryant unleashed a series of critical – and sometimes profane and puzzling – tweets that took place his former team aimed.
Bryant's anger began when he responded to a tweet from a SiriusXM interview with team executive vice president and director of player staff Stephen Jones, who suggested that former all-pro-recipient quarterback Dak Prescott's progress prevented ,
Bryant said, "Y & # 39; all know what the real problem is … call trash ass play .. Every 17 weeks in the same place lined up."
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Bryant then responded to a follower who hit Jones "unsuspectingly" by leading the conversation in a completely different direction.
"He is not unaware," wrote Bryant. "(Owner) Jerry (Jones) was the only one who was unaware .. (Force phrase) was planned to ask me Travis and my brother Snake Lee I mean Sean Lee."
It later became clear that Bryant feels Lee, the Pro Bowl linebacker from Dallas, helped orchestrate his release in April, a month after the NFL-free agency period began.
"Yeah, he's probably my brother," Bryant said regarding Lee. "We laughed at goals and things he had in the locker room opposite me, we never thought we had a problem, I was cut, he was the first one who knew, and I find out he's behind it as well. Damn !! "
Shortly after his release, Bryant had accused "Garrett Guys" – the loyalists of head coach Jason Garrett – of his Dismissal to be largely responsible, but no one has explicitly named. At the time, Prescott and now retired close Jason Witten seemed like targets of Bryant's wrath, though both congratulated their former teammates in the days following his departure.
Bryant went on to express his appreciation to fellow teammates on Friday, including Prescott and Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, chirping, "Last thing … I've always been @dak @EzekielElliott @ Bease11 @ TerranceWill2 I can not tag everyone but you know who you are # 1 supporter and still am .. I want you to have achieved everything they deserve. "
He also circled back to Jerry Jones and said he loved the Hall of Fame owner.
So ends an eventful week for Cowboy Nation, the With the team reporting on the training camp in Oxnard, California, followed by controversial statements from Jerry and Stephen Jones, the club expects its players to stand for the prelude to the national anthem, regardless of any league politics. Stephen Jones offered further advice in an interview on Thursday when he was asked if his players should kneel and said, "If you want to be a Dallas Cowboy, yes."
Earlier, Philadelphia Eagles said Malcolm Jenkins safety to USA TODAY Sports Mike Jones: "I'm glad I'm not a Dallas Cowboy."
Jenkins went on to say that other NFL owners must face Jerry Jones.
"As long as you have voices like Jerry Jones who speak and say those things that reflect the mindset of the rest of the property, unless they decide to make as much noise as he does," Jenkins explained. the protests have nothing to do with (patriotism). I think that's the most frustrating thing is that they continue to spur the rhetoric of anti-military and anti-Americans when they've gone hand-in-hand with us in communities that join us Policemen have talked to us to defend and talk to community groups So, they know what we are trying to do It has nothing to do with our flag, our country or the military itself. "
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