There is a glaring example these days in the NFL of how NOT to be a team player.  His name is Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys.  The Cowboys management recently attempted to explain away his behavior, "He's a fierce competitor, but his emotions got the best of him before the end of the game Sunday night against the Packers – forcing him to abandon his teammates on the sidelines and leave the game with minutes to spare."  

Prima Donna's like him are cancerous to their teams.

 

Enablers

The Cowboys further stated that, "He really wants to win."  It's a pathetic excuse, which is essentially enabling him to continue to act like a selfish spoiled brat.  You may have seen his antics in their game versus the Detroit Lions a few weeks ago, where he lost all control of his emotions again on the sidelines.  He's not alone.  Unfortunately, there are numerous examples of players like this in professional sports.  It's a demonstration of terribly poor sportsmanship.

The Cowboys claimed, "He apologized to his teammates."  Sorry folks, but big flippin' deal!  He obviously never learned that actions matter, not words.  He has apologized before too.  He never learned that when you play competitive team sports, you're sometimes going to lose.  This is a guy who quits his team when the going gets tough or if he doesn't get the ball thrown to him often enough. 

They'll be expected to support their teammates and respect their coaches, the umpires and our opponents.

What kind of example is this behavior providing to young athletes?  And what effect is he having on his team?  One minute they see him do his clown dance, spike the ball and taunt the crowd when things go his way.  The next minute they see him pout, shout at his teammates and disrepecting his coaches.  He's not a team player.  His actions prove he doesn't care about his teammates regardless of his words.  He only cares about himself.  He ought to abandon the team sport of football and take up tennis or golf. 

He's just a Drama Queen.  Prima Donna's like him are cancerous to their teams.  They destroy their team's chemistry from within.  It's all about them and everybody else is just along for the ride.  These are the types of players who bitch, whine and pout after their team wins a game, because they didn't make the big play, score the winning points or had a subpar performance. 

Things You Can Control

Those girls I coach will never be allowed to act in this manner.  They will be expected to control their attitude, effort and focus.  They'll be expected to support their teammates and respect their coaches, the umpires and our opponents.  Should they slip up as we all do from time to time, they'll be held accountable.  My hope for them is that they'll learn from their mistakes, learn to control their emotions and become better human beings long after their days of softball have passed.  These are a few things Mr. Bryant certainly could stand to learn.

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