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WR Bryant Shoots Back for Comments Made About Him

From: St. Petersburg Times

Many in the media have described WR Antonio Bryant as a player with “baggage.” But never has Bryant reacted as strongly as Wednesday, when he shot back at ESPN analysts Emmitt Smith and Trent Dilfer. “I’m still trying to figure out what all this baggage is I’m supposed to have,” Bryant said. “I’m a real person. And that bull Emmitt said on the TV about ‘Get my life right’ and Trent Dilfer mentioned something about getting my life right outside of football – don’t be a hypocrite.”

Dilfer and Bryant were with the 49ers in 2006. Smith and Bryant were with the Cowboys in 2002, Bryant’s rookie year. In on-air comments, Dilfer said: “He’s got immense talent. Could be one of the best receivers in the NFL if he can get a handle on some of the off-the-field emotional issues.” Smith suggested Bryant’s inability to hold his tongue was the cause of his troubles in Dallas and San Francisco, who jettisoned him after run-ins with coaches.

Bryant seemed to suggest both acted friendly to him in person, but he felt betrayed by the criticism, regardless of its validity. “I can put on a suit just like you and get on TV and talk just like you,” Bryant said. “So remember that before you disrespect me like that on TV. I’m a hard worker. I’ve always been a hard worker. So don’t take that away from me, and just let me play football. If you’ve got something to say to me, say it.”

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