The relatively quiet off-season for the Dallas Cowboys just had it’s “knobs cranked up to 11″ on Monday with the report that wide receiver Dez Bryant turned himself into Desoto, TX authorities for a misdemeanor stemming from a domestic violence charge. The alleged incident took place on Saturday and apparently involved the assault of a female family member.
According to a source quoted by ESPNDallas.com, Bryant got in an argument with his half brother that allegedly resulted in Dez pushing his own mother. Update: According to the police report, Dez grabbed her by the t-shirt and slapped across the face with a baseball cap after he was asked to leave her home. Police were called to the scene but made no arrest at that time. But Bryant’s mother, Angela, claimed that this wasn’t the first time her son abused her. After further investigation, a Class A misdemeanor was levied on Bryant. The Cowboy’s wideout turned himself in without incident and was released on bond late Monday.
For more information about the specifics of the assault, checkout this ESPN article.
A Class A misdemeanor can result in a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. But the fact that this is Bryant’s first arrest ever means he will likely receive a far less severe sentence. Unfortunately for both Dez and the Cowboys, this incident could also result in a punishment levied from the league.
Although it is his first arrest, Bryant has had several issues with the law in the past. Dez was detained by police this past January after an alleged altercation with a rapper at a Miami night club. And last year, Bryant and some of his friends were thrown out of a Mall in Dallas for their vulgar language and sagging pants. He was also sued last year by two New York jewelers who claimed Bryant owed them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
And let’s not forget how Bryant fell to the Cowboys in the first place. A top five talent, Dez dropped to the 24th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft after he was deemed ineligible to play his final year at Oklahoma State for violating NCAA rules. Since then, it seems both the Dallas and national media have been waiting for Dez to slip up, swarming him like vultures.
Let’s hope Dez can get past this incident quickly and focus on the field and his team. It seems the distractions of the off-season could be his ultimate undoing.