For a football player, having to return to clean out your locker room at the team facilities the day after your season ends has to be the roughest part of the year. Especially if you’re a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and you have to do it the day after a humiliating 44-6 loss to your rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, which leads to your coach vowing that things will change next season.
So you’ll excuse Cowboys linebacker Bradie James if he wasn’t in the mood to deal with a goofball fan marching up and down the street outside of Valley Ranch today with a sandwich board that said “The Cowboys have no heart” on one side and “Wade (Phillips) is an embarrassment to the Star” on the other. Still, as the DALLAS MORNING NEWS notes, ripping off the fan’s sign and breaking his glasses in the process probably wasn’t the best idea.
Needless to say, the cops were called. (Shouldn’t they just have a police substation at Valley Ranch at this point?) Eventually, James bought the disgruntled fan a new pair of Oakleys, and no charges were filed.
James said he almost hit the fan, one Alan Lowe, with his car after he was leaving the complex. The lightening rod was a comment that Lowe made about James’ play yesterday:
“He said, ‘Why you guys didn’t show that fire last night? You should have showed that heart last night!’” James recalled to reporters. “So next thing you know, I’m just ripping his sign off him. So I ripped the sign off him. He said I broke his glasses, so I went and gift-wrapped some Oakleys. He got something out the deal.”
Ironically, the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM says that James wasn’t an intended target of the fan’s ire: Lowe said that James is actually one of his favorite players, and “one of the few guys that plays with heart.”
There’s no doubt that James shouldn’t have let his emotions get to him, but I also agree with his other point: I wouldn’t “go to anybody’s job, especially not with 300-pound guys, trying to tell them what they didn’t do right.”