Some interesting Dallas Cowboys news, as Jason Garrett has apparently released two of his players due to fashion reasons, according to CBS Sports.
On November 17, the Cowboys announced that they had released running back Christine Michael and defensive back Corey White. On the surface, it appeared no different than other transactions done in the NFL. No one really batted an eye when Dallas said that they were cutting Michael to make room for Robert Turbin, another former Seattle Seahawks running back, and White to make room on the roster for Deji Olatoye. Lower end players get swapped all the time.
Then, TMZ intervened. The gossip publication reported that the reason why Michael and White were given their release by the Cowboys due to fashion reasons, which is a fancier way of saying that the former Samford University and Texas A&M products had violated the team dress code prior to their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Considering everything that has been happening during a season filled with turmoil, dress code violations seem really minute.
As is typically the case with the Cowboys, there is usually more to the situation than what meets the eyes.
Since the Cowboys were in desperate need of an upgrade at the running back position after losing DeMarco Murray in free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles, there was some hype when Michael was traded from the Seahawks to Dallas in exchange of a seventh round draft pick. Despite playing behind a great offensive line, the 25-year-old Texas native was only able to rush for 51 yards in five games with the Cowboys. It is understandable why Garrett and the coaching staff deemed him expendable.
White had a great opportunity with the Cowboys. The team lost defensive back Orlando Scandrick for the entire season, so there was a need for help in the defensive backfield. White was given a chance in Dallas and surpassed Tyler Patmon as the nickel back for the Cowboys. In seven games, including one as a starter, the 25 year old Georgia native had six total tackles and three passes defensed. White was deemed expendable due to the rise of rookie Byron Jones.
The critics are going to have a field day with the Cowboys because this seems like favoritism towards star players again.
Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has made a ridiculous amount of headlines this season. He has made foolish remarks through social media and the mainstream media. The former Carolina Panthers star has caused Garrett plenty of headaches as the head coach has been forced to answer non football related questions all season long. In addition to this, Hardy has also argued with teammates and has been late to multiple team functions. Team owner Jerry Jones continues to defend him.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant has matured tremendously over the past couple of seasons and has actually become a good leader for the Cowboys. However, he still has mental lapses here and there. During the game against Panthers on Thanksgiving Day, Bryant was caught arguing with Carolina defensive back Josh Norman instead of running to tackle the defender that intercepted a Tony Romo pass and was surging towards the goal line. The former Oklahoma State University star will more than likely not be punished.
Double standards are a thing in the NFL, and this is a pretty obvious case.
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