Another day, another NFL player makes the police blotter. But I can’t recall another player who wound up there by allegedly striking his mother before Dez Bryant, wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys:
Long before Dez Bryant burst on the scene in the NFL, David Wells was by the receiver’s side. Since then, he has watched the 23-year-old Dallas Cowboy repeatedly attract controversy.
There was the incident at NorthPark mall that led to a criminal trespass warning last year. There were multiple lawsuits in which the plaintiffs alleged that Bryant owed them significant sums of money. There was also the verbal altercation at a Miami nightclub in January that generated headlines. And then came Monday, when Bryant was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela, at a DeSoto residence last Saturday.
“He’s very remorseful,” Wells said of Bryant. “He loves his mom to death. And that’s about it. No one wants to be in a situation like this. No one wants to go to jail.”
“He loves his mom to death” — let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, eh?
Update: Further details emerge of the alleged incident; on the Yahoo NFL page is this frightening-sounding article:
According to Matt Peterson of the Dallas Morning News, Angela Bryant has accused her son in an arrest affidavit of grabbing her by the T-shirt and ripping it and the bra she was wearing. He then allegedly slapped her in the face with his cap and grabbed her by the hair before throwing a ball at her. When police examined her, her wrists were swollen and her left thumb was injured, allegedly from trying to escape his grasp.
“I can’t keep letting him do me like this,” Angela Bryant said in a recording released by DeSoto police. “I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today.”
No one is talking about the matter now but this isn’t going to go away any time soon and Bryant is going to have to likely answer some tough questions from the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys.
…Presumably, before he agrees to therapy, counseling, etc., and returns to the starting line-up and a seven-figure salary.