Originally written on Pro Football Spot  |  Last updated 11/18/14
A few weeks ago in Detroit, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was seen having outbursts on the sidelines. The media and fans flew off the handle about how immature and selfish Bryant was by blowing up at his teammates during a game.Later in the week when the audio came out it was apparent that Bryant wasn't ranting and raving, but encouraging his teammates and being a positive influence, there was little back tracking from anyone who blasted Dez.In the past few weeks, we have also seen more player blowups on the sidelines but it appears that no one cares to make an issue out of them. During a Thursday night game against the Washington Redskins a few weeks ago, Minnesota Vikings' Greg Jennings flipped out over head coach Leslie Frazier's use of a timeout late in the game. It appeared that Jennings didn't like the strategy of using a timeout to rest the defense. When the timeout was called, Jennings stomped around and acted like a petulant child on the sideline. It was obvious Jennings didn't like the decision from his coach. In fact, Jennings acted the exact opposite of how Bryant acted, as a non-supportive member of the team, and there was barely a whisper about Jennings' behavior.This week, Houston Texans' Andre Johnson got into a screaming match with teammate Matt Schaub after the quarterback threw a game ending interception in the end zone. Schaub was not happy that Johnson appeared to quit on his route and didn't fight for the ball with the game on the line. To make matters worse, Johnson then walked off of the field before the game was over. Johnson quit on his team and screamed at his quarterback in a confrontational manner, yet we hear almost nothing about his outburst on the sideline.These are two examples of how hypocritical the media and fans are when it comes to covering the Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant. Bryant's exploits on the sidelines are negative because of what kind of person he is perceived to be, but when other players act the same way as Bryant, no one has the integrity to mention it. Bryant's actions were characterized as childish and selfish but Jennings and Johnson are given a pass when it's easy to see they acted more selfish than Bryant did. That point was reaffirmed by the audio on Bryant from the sideline against the Lions.None of this is to give Bryant a pass on how he acted with :12 left in Detroit because he has to be more composed and professional than he was, but where is the outrage over Jennings' and Johnson's behavior? Bryant was passionate and disappointed against the Lions and he has to learn to express those feelings better but he's not the only player in the NFL who expresses those emotions. Of course that's not what fans and the media want us to believe though. They want us all to think that only Bryant is capable of those emotions and only he can express them in a negative way.Perception has become reality with Bryant and even when we're enlightened with the truth when it comes to Bryant, no one wants to admit the perception is wrong. It doesn't make as good of a story or get ratings. That's part of the deal when it comes to playing for the Dallas Cowboys; you are always in the spotlight and everything becomes a big deal. As a coach for the Cowboys once said; "it is what it is."The reality is that Dez Bryant was vilified for his outburst on the sidelines a few weeks ago. Andre Johnson and Greg Jennings have similar blowups and are getting a pass for their actions.Hypocrisy is alive and well in the NFL.You can chat with or follow Ben on twitter @BenGrimaldi, or add him on Google+
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