I remember arguing with my Texans brethren back in 2010 about why the team should not even consider drafting Dez Bryant out of Oklahoma State. First of all, I knew it wouldn’t happen due to the team having a no nonsense policy on guys with red flags on character issues. But, still, they argued that his talent made him worth the risk. But after the events of the last 24 hours, Bryant just vindicated my stance from two years ago.
According to the DeSoto Police Department, Bryant “got upset during a verbal argument and grabbed mother by her shirt and hair and hit her in the face with a ball cap.” Now I know I’ve had a zero tolerance party this offseason in my rants against NFL players performing in poor conduct during their time away from the field, but this crosses a whole new line. That’s you Mother, man. Come on.
But some of the quotes from the rest of the story tells me it was a whole lot more than a ball cap in the past. It doesn’t sound like it’s the first time either. In a phone call with the 911 operator, Angela Bryant proclaimed “I can’t keep letting him do this. I can’t keep letting him do me like this. I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m tired.”
While she didn’t state any injuries the day of the altercation, she later made reports of pain in her wrists, hands and arms. Officers observed swelling in her wrist and she also had bruising on her upper right and left arm. That certainly doesn’t sound like anything that can be done with a ball cap.
Bryant has been a lightning rod for controversy even before he garnered national attention in the media with the story that Dolphins GM asked him in combine interviews if his Mother was a prostitute. But before we completely crucify this man over this, let’s take a look at some of the other things you’re likely to not hear about.
First off, let me say that striking your own Mother in any way is an unforgivable sin. I don’t care what the scenario is. But the assumption that Angela Bryant may not be all there upstairs isn’t a wild boast, really. She was only 15 when Dez was born, and she served time in jail for selling crack cocaine. He has also been quoted to saying that his Mother’s change in sexual preference is something that he “hates.” Not that I find anything wrong with this personally, but it is easy to see that quite a volatile relationship already existed between the two and to think that Angela is completely innocent in this might be a tad presumptuous.
However, in the end, you let your anger get the best of you and you committed assault to the person who carried, birthed and raised you. It may just be my upbringing, but that is just something I can’t get behind, regardless of what was said or done.
So what happens now? The Cowboys dealing with legal issues on their roster is nothing new, really. But now many are calling for quite a lengthy suspension for the troubled Dallas wide receiver. Until all the facts in the case are brought to light, it’d be unjust to hand out a sentence at this point. The league must wait before they can make that call. However, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Cowboys hand out a four game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
I’ll leave this with a quote from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, who writes:
“It’s time the Cowboys let Bryant know this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated. Suspend him and let him have a month to experience life without football and a paycheck. Maybe he’ll understand what a privilege it is playing in the NFL. If not, cut him. Let him take his baggage elsewhere. Goodbye and good riddance.”