The first was in Detroit, where he blew up because he cared so much and he got into it with Jason Witten. Witten was mad because Dez threw a fit after the Lions scored the game-winning TD with only seconds left. Witten's point was, the game isn't over, we need you.
At least Dez stayed on the field then. On Sunday, with roughly 90 seconds remaining against the Green Bay Packers, Dez just walked to the locker room. By himself. Yes, the game was essentially over and all the Packers needed to do was execute Victory Formation to end yet another historic Cowboys collapse.
Dez told reporters today at the team's annual visit to children's hospitals he simply did not want to cry on the sidelines in full view of 100,000 people and a national TV audience. Dez broke down in the locker room.
No one can dispute this man's passion, care, want-to, intensity or desire to win. But enough is enough - those attributes do not excuse stupid. Leaving the sidelines before the game is over is just that - stupid.
Having defended Dez from Day 1 and firmly believing that he would mature into a good player, it's with some disgust to say - enough. Passion is not a license to act like a baby.
This is not middle school, or high school, football. You are paid six-figures to be a professional. Professionals don't leave the game, and pros keep their emotions in check. Do your job. Part of your job is to deal with it - good or bad - when the game is ongoing. Yes, even an NFL game has a little of "Office Space" in it.
The Cowboys can't win without this guy, and while few can dispute his intentions the execution remains a work in progress.
Passion is great, but it's not a get out of jail free card to stupid.
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