Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

'Boys bad boy a 'good citizen' now, says DA

Bryant has deal to quash mom-abuse charge

  • Print

IRVING, Texas -- By the third time in a matter of two minutes that Dez Bryant said he was ready to "focus on football," he laughed.

The Dallas Cowboys receiver knew he was being repetitive. He just wasn't really sure what else to say once he had announced Thursday that he was "excited" to have an agreement with prosecutors that could lead to dismissal of a family violence charge over a dispute with his mother.

 

Bryant is attending anger management sessions, and the Dallas County district attorney's office will dismiss the misdemeanour charge if the third-year receiver stays out of trouble for a year. Bryant's attorney, Texas state Sen. Royce West, arranged the deal.

"He did a great job and took care of it," Bryant said. "That situation is behind me, and I'm just focused on football right now."

Bryant was arrested in July in suburban Dallas after he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says he also grabbed her T-shirt. His mother formally asked prosecutors not to pursue the case.

Speaking to reporters in the Cowboys locker-room, the third-year receiver said he appreciated the support of his teammates and acknowledged being disappointed the incident happened. Mostly, he said he was relieved.

"I just feel better, man, that it's done and it's over with," Bryant said.

The counselling program is set up through the office of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, and the charge will be dropped if Bryant doesn't get arrested during his year in the program, said spokeswoman Debbie Denmon.

"Craig Watkins feels that the conditional dismissal is the best solution for all parties involved," Denmon said. "We looked at the family violence assault case and determined that one year of counselling was needed to make Dez a good citizen."

According to reports, the Cowboys agreed to provide Bryant a security team while restricting his off-field activities. The Cowboys haven't commented specifically on those limitations.

"Like we said right from the start, we support Dez and his family," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "No real comment beyond that."

Bryant was projected as a top-10 draft pick but fell to the Cowboys at No. 24 in 2010 in part because of a troubled past. He missed almost all of his final season at Oklahoma State after the NCAA suspended him for lying about having dinner with Deion Sanders.

There were pre-draft rumours Bryant skipped meetings and classes at Oklahoma State, and his pro day was marred by banter he had forgotten the cleats he planned to wear for the workout.

He has also run into trouble off the field since the Cowboys drafted him, and his production in Dallas has been spotty. He has a pair of 100-yard games this year, but he followed one of those with a one-catch game against Atlanta. Bryant has 45 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns, and says he thinks he's improving.

"I feel like I put in time, a little bit of extra time to be able to feel more comfortable in the offence and asking questions instead of keeping my mouth closed," Bryant said. "I feel like that helped me out a lot."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 16, 2012 C6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Jets Bogosian-Little-Ladd

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 070619 LIGHTNING ILLUMINATES AN ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR IN THE VILLAGE OF SANFORD ABOUT 10PM TUESDAY NIGHT AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS PASSED NEAR WINNIPEG JUST TO THE NORTH OF THIS  SITE.
  • A goose heads for shade in the sunshine Friday afternoon at Woodsworth Park in Winnipeg - Day 26– June 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How many goals do you think Evander Kane will score this year?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google