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Dez Bryant: Outburst triggered by reporter using racial slur

Ronald Martinez

On Thursday, Robert Klemko of reported that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant blew up at a reporter with a profane outburst in the Cowboys locker room.

There wasn’t any detail about what touched Bryant off, but more details about what happened at Valley Ranch have since come to light from Bryant and others in the media. Bryant posted on Twitter that he got made because a reporter used a racial slur while talking to a Cowboys player.

“Yea I blew up on the media but report why I blew up on y’all ... Saying I don’t give a f--- about me and calling players n----- is not professional ...,” Bryant wrote.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Bryant accused Jean-Jacques Taylor of, who is black, of using the word while talking to wide receiver Devin Street. Taylor has denied using the word and other media members in the area also say they didn’t hear it, although Street backed up Bryant.

Bryant then went off again after reading Klemko’s tweet about his initial outburst. That one was caught on video, via Edward Egros of FOX 4, that was intended to feature tight end Jason Witten’s time with reporters, who stepped away to get between Bryant and reporters. Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple also got involved and became a target of Bryant’s invective.

“How about you fix this s---, Rich?” Bryant said. “How about you fix it, Rich? You’re talking to the wrong people. You’re talking to the wrong people. I’ll make sure I’ll put it out then. Since y’all not going to say nothing.”

Witten returned to finish his time with reporters and said he didn’t know exactly what happened, but that “2-6 is tough.” You can’t argue about that, which may be an exception in the Cowboys locker room on Thursday.