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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant would apparently appreciate it if his past stopped being a topic of discussion.
While NFL players' backgrounds were being discussed last week on the G-Bag Nation show on 105.3 KRLD-FM, former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus, a writer for DallasCowboys.com, mentioned Bryant's background, calling it "the worst I had ever seen."
"When you look at what he went through and then you're talking about these players, and it's hard for them to get away from these people in their life because these people have been with them when they had nothing, when they were nobodies," Broaddus said. "All of a sudden you're thinking, 'OK, I'm going to turn my back on my three buddies here. I have to change, but they ain't changing.' I think if Dez Bryant was playing in St. Louis or Baltimore or Seattle, the fact that his family is here with him, I think that was a really hard adjustment for him. Hopefully from what we've seen, he's now managing that well. That's the important thing."
Broaddus' comments were transcribed by SportsDayDFW.com and aggregated by several websites that cover the NFL. With many writers and fans voicing their opinions, word apparently got back to Bryant because the following was tweeted from Bryant's Twitter account on Monday.
I just wanted to know why is my background relevant right now? I promise there is more **** to talk about in this world than my background Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 1, 2013
Bryant was in Rio Rancho, N.M. Monday night, taking in the New Mexico Stars' indoor football game. According to Mark Smith of the Albuquerque Journal, when Bryant took questions from local reporters at halftime, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said, "No questions about the past, none."
When asked if he would talk about his Twitter post, Bryant made a motion like an incomplete pass and declined.
In November, Bryant spoke briefly about his past with a few reporters at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch practice facility. The 23-year-old said everything he's experienced is behind him and he "could care less about it."
"I don't want to make excuses, but people are brought up differently, see different things, been in different things, having two parents, having no parents," Bryant said. "It's different. I just feel like it's been a learning process for me my whole life and I'm just getting to it. I got real responsibilities I feel like I'm handling the right way. I'm enjoying my life the way I should have been enjoying it a long time ago."
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