Dez Bryant said he was unaware he couldn’t take off his helmet, not angry at official

Dez Bryant took off his helmet apparently in protest of an offensive pass interference call against him on Sunday against the Vikings and had to be escorted off of the field by Jason Witten. According to Bryant however, it wasn’t a protest at all. He claims in fact that he actually thought it defensive  pass interference.

“I wasn’t angry at the ref,” Bryant said. “I was trying to see what the call was. I thought they called pass interference on the defense. When I was trying to come out of my break, the guy was tugging on me a little bit and I was trying to break away from it.

“He threw the flag and the whole time I’m thinking it’s a flag on him. Then I took my helmet off and I didn’t know that that was a penalty. I was kind of shocked and then I heard the ref say, ‘He took his helmet off.’ I know now not to take my helmet off. If you go back and look at the play, you’ll see I’m shocked. I’m confused.”

Jeff Tripplett however didn’t see it the same way

 ”Pass interference, No. 88 of the offense. That penalty is declined. Now, as I was about to make the announcement, unsportsmanlike conduct, No. 88 of the offense, taking his helmet off and arguing with the official. That penalty will be enforced. It will be fourth down.”