Sept 1, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

"Say It Ain't So, Dez": A Disappointed Dallas Cowboys Fan's Plea

Tell me you didn’t assault your mom. Tell me the truth will come out in the next week or two and you’ll be exonerated.  Maybe this was a desperate ploy because she’s mad at you or something, or you were trying to stop her from hitting you.
Just tell me something different than these preliminary reports  I’m reading and the 911 audio we’re hearing.

I, like many in Cowboys Nation, was so excited when you fell to the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 draft.  So much potential.  You are a beast and with so much raw talent.  The next in a line of wide receivers to wear #88 for America’s Team.  You’ve flashed brilliance before, but this was gonna be your year.  We’ve been told you improved your strength and conditioning in perpetration for this season.  You improved and because of that, the Dallas Cowboys improved.  I was looking forward to it.  Now what?

You can’t predict these things and I can’t and don’t pretend to know what you have been dealing with.  Family is not always easy to deal with.  Unfortunately, your private life has come to a boil and spilled over into the public during both one of the deadest sports news times of the year and the time of year that most sports media start to focus on the NFL.  Your timing sucks.

Your Cowboys have had such an uneventful off season and the news out of Valley Ranch has been such that we, your fans were thinking that this year could be special.  The season still can be special, of course, but you are or were a big part of that.  This unfortunate incident has definitely altered Cowboys Nation’s collective thinking of how special this year was going to be.  Now there is a distraction.

What happened, Dez?  What were you thinking?  You seem like a fun loving guy and, again, I can’t pretend to understand if you really are or where you are coming from at all.  I just know that this was not at all what I was thinking, not at all what I was looking forward to. This is nuts!

Again, please tell me you didn’t assault your mom.  Tell me you didn’t throw a huge wrench in your career by making this huge mistake.  From everything I can tell, you’re not a thug, Dez.  I’ve never met you, but from all I’ve read and heard up to the last few days, your a great team mate, not a pre-madonna or difficult, just a little immature.  But a good teammate doesn’t let their fellow teammates down.  They don’t jeopardize their own success or the success of the team. You hurt your team, Dez.

You know what?, let’s forget about the football side of it.  Even talking about football in the context of what has happened is superficial in the grand scheme of things.  At the same time that I hope there’s an explanation for what happened,  it’s painfully obvious that there is a lot more going on here and whatever kind of help or guidance or healing you and your  mother need moving forward, you’re in my prayers to get it.

– Artie Cappello

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