Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant denied being a habitual meeting skipper with a strong denial over reports that his career has been filled with questionable behavior.
Bryant spoke to the media after the Cowboys' 24–17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Bryant did not play in the game after hurting his knee in Week 3.
Bryant missed treatment, an MRI appointment and team meetings this week and was reportedly fined.
It was also reported that Bryant has missed as many as 40 meetings since the team selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, including seven or eight meetings this season.
"We don't even know who's saying it," Bryant said. "That's the crazy part about it. I get messages from my friends, talking about, 'It's just crazy.' Because it is crazy."
Bryant characterized himself as "America's most hated" and said there would be no discussion of his tardiness if he was not injured.
"Twenty, 40 meetings? Tell me when. Tell me, please. Just tell me," Bryant said. "At the same time, man, I'm not going to lose focus on some he-say, she-say. We don't even know who say, to be honest, because I know exactly what we've been building in this organization. It's totally different. It's nothing like in the past."
It is not known if Bryant will play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
– Scooby Axson