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Dallas Cowboys players back Lee and Fredrick over Dez Bryant accusation

While no player went so far as to choose sides between Bryant and the duo of Lee and Frederick, Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin and cornerback Byron Jones both publicly praised Lee.


Reuters 01 Aug 2018, 08:53 PM United States

Last week former Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant blasted his former club, accusing ex-teammates Sean Lee and Travis Frederick of helping force his offseason release.

This week, a pair of current Cowboys players came to the defense of both Lee and Frederick.

While no player went so far as to choose sides between Bryant and the duo of Lee and Frederick, Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin and cornerback Byron Jones both publicly praised Lee.

"I mean, you couldn't really ask for two better teammates," Martin told ESPN on Monday. "I think it goes without saying.

"You guys know them in the media, but what they mean to us and the leaders, the people, the day-to-day commitment they show, everyone on this team knows exactly who those guys are. And they take great pride in being great teammates, and you really couldn't find better ones than those two."

"I love those guys, man," Jones said. "If I was starting a team, I'm picking those guys and I'm asking what the game is next. It doesn't matter what the game is, I can count on those guys to be there on time. I can count on those guys to be leaders. Those guys are extremely accountable. If I'm looking for No. 1 teammates, those are the guys I'm looking for, Sean Lee and Travis Frederick."

The post-Dez Dallas drama reignited on Friday after SiriusXM NFL Radio tweeted a line from an interview with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on Friday that read, "Stephen Jones on Dak (Prescott) improving: Dak is working on his game & accuracy. He has to trust the system. I think that was tough last year with @DezBryant in his ear. I think he'll have the year he had last year if not better!"

The tweet apparently lacked context and the words in their entirety, as it was deleted and replaced with one that read, "He's gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was pressure.. with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear. Those great players want the ball." The outlet then released another tweet which contained what it called the "full quote on the biggest strides would like to see Dak Prescott make in year three" and clarifying the Jason to whom Jones referred is retired tight end, Jason Witten, not head coach Jason Garrett.

But after the original tweet, Bryant responded with a series of tweets explaining his side of the breakup, and he wasn't shy about naming names. His first tweet, which was a direct reply to the original SiriusXM NFL Radio tweet, read, "Here we go with that scapegoat. I charged everything to the game and went the other way.. y'all know what the real problem is .. don't put it on me with that.. garbage play calling.. Everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks.."

He then called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "clueless" and seemed to imply that Cowboys center Travis Frederick and linebacker Sean Lee were in on Bryant getting released, even calling Lee "my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee" and saying of the linebacker, "I got cut.. he was the first to know.. I find out he was also behind it."

The drama came on a day in which the NFL Network reported that Bryant and the Cleveland Browns have mutual interest and we're working to schedule a visit, perhaps as early Monday -- or sooner. NFL Network had reported earlier in the week that Bryant is being choosy about his next stop after declining a three-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens this spring.

Released by the Cowboys in April, Bryant, 29, has not received great interest on the open market. His production declined in 2017 when he posted 69 receptions for 838 yards, and he lasted topped 1,000 yards in 2014 when he recorded a career-best 16 touchdown catches.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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