The NFL media owes Dez Bryant an apology

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It's a side effect of the reality TV show drama world we live in and yesterday may have been the most ridiculous.

Dez Bryant was caught on camera on the sideline of the Cowboys-Lions game being animated on the bench and yelling at quarterback Tony Romo. The FOX broadcaster just assumed he was complaining and being unruly, and everyone in the NFL media followed suit.

This, despite, not having any audio of what Bryant was actually saying. The NFL media just assumed that Bryant was ripping his team and quarterback, complaining about only having two catches to that point.
"If I'm the coach of the Cowboys you have to get this under control," said NFL Media's Brian Billick, who called the game for Fox. "This temper tantrum, I don't know what else to call it, Dez Bryant, want to help your team? Grow up."

Maybe you should wait to pass judgement until you actually have the facts, Brian Billick. That wasn't a "temper tantrum" at all.

After the game, Bryant said his comments were "all positive" on the sideline. Of course, everyone decided that he was lying.

“My passion is always positive.” Bryant said (via the Dallas Morning News). “I’m not saying anything wrong. I’m not saying anything bad. It’s all positive. I’m expressive on the field and off. Even when I look angry, it’s all good passion. I feel that’s what I need. I love this game. In order to win you have to be passionate about this game. You have to let that dog come out and put it all on the line.”

Following a day of criticism, NFL Films released the audio of what Bryant was saying on the sideline. Guess what? It was all positive.

"We good on that, Tony!" Bryant yells to a serene Romo, seated on the bench. "We the best in the NFL on that. We the best in the NFL!"

This is the same guy that was essentially called an immature prick in the media all day. He was just extremely amped up on the sideline and trying to get his team amped as well. Yeah, a complete jerk.

We heard the same thing all of the time about Tom Brady, who will often get pretty animated either on the field or the sideline. We never know, of course, what Brady is saying, who he's saying it to or what he's upset about. Still, fans and media alike are just as ready to assume that he's ripping his teammates with absolutely no evidence. Why? because they love the drama.