Cowboys WR Dez Bryant strongly disagreed” with the report from early in the day that he has missed somewhere between 20-40 team meetings during his NFL career.
“I missed 40 meetings?” Bryant said, per Jon Machota. “I owned up to the only one I missed.”
“Clearly I’m Americas most hated,” Bryant added, per Machota. “None of my teammates would say anything like that. Everything between us is nothing but love.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has “demonstrated a pattern of irresponsible behavior throughout his time in Dallas, being late to or flat out missing medical treatment or team meetings at least 20 and possibly as many as 40 times during his Cowboys career.”
According to Schefter, the Cowboys and his agency, Roc Nation, have tried to work with Bryant on this issues and there have been some improvements.
However, a source tells Schefter that Bryant has been late or missed treatment on his foot injury dating back to last year “at least 7 or 8 times this year alone”
Bryant reportedly does not believe any of this is a major issue and the Cowboys have supported publicly him, so it’s hard to say that there could be any major fallout between the two parties due to Bryant’s irresponsible behavior.
Bryant is expected to warm up before today’s game, is not expected to play in the matchup with the 49ers. It’s possible that Bryant’s hairline fracture could end up being a three-week injury, but we’ll have to see how he responds in the coming days.
Bryant, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2010. He’s currently in the second year of his five-year, $70 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $9 million for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Bryant has caught 11 passes for 150 yards receiving and one touchdown for the Cowboys.