posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 01:30 PM
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Antonio Bryant reportedly fought with
coach Bill Parcells during practice and was ejected by club security. Witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity told the The Dallas Morning News
and Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Wednesday's editions.
They said that the confrontation began when Bryant complained about his role as the team's third receiver and the number of repetitions he was getting
during a drill. Bryant got into separate arguments with receivers coach Todd Haley and Keyshawn Johnson. When Parcells told Bryant to stop, the
third-year player took off his pads and jersey, slammed them to the ground and began to leave the practice field.
Sources told the Star-Telegram that Parcells picked up the jersey and threw it back at Bryant, who then threw it in the face of the approaching coach.
Bryant was then escorted out of practice by security personnel after several players jumped in to intervene.
Bryant's agent, Lamont Smith, said he was aware of the incident and "it's being worked out internally with the team."
But the confrontation has clouded the player's future with the team, one day after the conclusion of the team's three-day minicamp and was part of a
series of on-field activities Parcells is conducting until the end of the week.
The Cowboys were scheduled to report to training camp July 30 in Oxnard, Calif. Although Bryant has often complained about his role in Dallas and had
other practice-field and sideline blowups, he was expected to be a key member of the Cowboys' receiving corps.
Taken in the second round of the 2002 draft, Bryant earned all-rookie honors in 2002 after catching 44 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns. Bryant
caught 39 passes for 550 yards and two touchdowns last year as the third receiver behind Joey Galloway and Terry Glenn. This year, Bryant was set to
be the third receiver behind Glenn and Johnson, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade for Galloway.