DALLAS, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant is well-known for his fiery demeanor. On Sunday, Bryant’s competitive nature came in the form of fists flying.
While going out for a route at Cowboys training camp, Bryant locked arms with cornerback Tyler Patmon. Patmon and Bryant forced each other to the sideline where Bryant took off Patmon’s helmet and threw a wild punch.
“It’s two great competitors, man,” Bryant told the media
after the fight. “We going back and forth. And you seen the play before. I was giving him a little bit of mouth, you know. And then, him just talking a whole bunch of stuff. And, um, he was talking back to me, and it escalated over to the next play. And that’s what happens. At the end of the day, he wasn’t going to back down, I wasn’t going to back down. We shook hands, we hugged, we respect one another.”
Patmon is a rookie, who, like Bryant, played for Oklahoma State.
“Oh man, that’s just brothers fighting,” Patmon told DallasCowboys.com. “That’s what happens sometimes, so we go at it and then we squash it. It’s over. Cornerbacks and receivers, there’s always history there. You know, it’s bound to happen. You know it’s part of being a family. We’re grown men. We battle. It’s a part of it.”
The Cowboys signed Bryant
to a five-year, $70 million contract July 15, after a lengthy holdout. Bryant previously threatened to sit out the Cowboys’ camp and regular season games.