According to a report from Pro Football Talk filed around 8 p.m. EST on Monday, July 23, the Associated Press reported that Dez Bryant’s mother, Angela Bryant, will not file charges of misdemeanor family violence. On July 14, Bryant’s mom called police after he allegedly hit her across the face with a baseball cap and grabbed her t-shirt, tearing it in the process. In her 911 call, she said he “tried to kill me”.
This doesn’t mean that the Cowboys WR is in the clear. Prosecutors could still follow up on the charge, but PFT writes that it will be tough to get him convicted without her testimony.
On the 24th, the Bryants called a press conference, but they did not speak. According to CBSSports.com’s Eye on Football, all comments came from their attorney RWest in a statement. It said that there was a disagreement within the family, but no violence occurred. A longer part, addressing the dropping of the charge, read:
“Angela Bryant does not want charges filed against her son. Ms. Bryant has had an opportunity to speak with other people who witnessed the incident and has filed an Affidavit of Non Prosecution with the DeSoto Police Department. She recognizes that under the law, filing of the affidavit may not impact the legal outcome of her complaint. She asks that her affidavit be taken into consideration in deciding whether it is in the best interest of her family for this to continue in the legal system or allow them to resolve the issue as a family.”
I’m probably not the only person who wonders what occurred behind closed doors that made Ms. Bryant change her mind, but (and I know I’m not the only person who thinks this either), it probably has something to do with the fact that her son supports her financially 100 percent, as well as the rest of his family.
I do hope that the wideout, who is beginning to become notorious for negative press, can turn over a new leaf and start down a better path, honestly, more for himself than for the Cowboys.