Upon his release Friday, receiver Dez Bryant took a not-so-veiled shot at some of the Dallas Cowboys, calling out “Garrett guys” and team captains.
One of the six captains last season happens to be his former quarterback, Dak Prescott, who denied that he had anything to do with the surprise release of the wide receiver and called him “my brother.”
“I’m in my second year so, as much as you want to say, ‘I want a say and this and that,’ those guys get paid a lot more than me,” he said (via the Morning News) of Cowboys management, “and that’s what those guys are there to do. That’s not my decision.”
Nor did Prescott say he had gotten a warning about the move, which came after Bryant, the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown catches, met with owner Jerry Jones.
“Obviously, it’s sad news,” he said. “That’s a brother to me. Put the football stuff behind you. What he meant to me as a person, what he meant to me as a brother, it’s tough to see him go. It shows you, I mean, it’s a business. It motivates me, honestly. It motivates me and puts all this in perspective.”
On Friday afternoon, Bryant had taken to Twitter to tell “Cowboy nation” that “I need you to know this wasn’t my decision. I will always love y’all … forever Dallas in my heart.”
He went on to add, “if I didn’t have my edge, I got it now. … it’s very personal.” Later Friday, he mentioned “Garrett guys” in an NFL Network interview.
“I’ll say this right here: I believe that ‘Garrett guys’ [are to blame],” he told the network’s Jane Slater, referring to Coach Jason Garrett. Asked whether some teammates played a role in the decision to cut him, he replied, “I would say that.”
Bryant did not offer names.
“I won’t put no names out, but they know, and I want them to know I know,” Bryant said. “I’ll shoot them a text message and let them know. Little do they know is, you know, they can wear…