Initial Details and 911 Call Look Bad for Dez Bryant [Updated]
I’m always one to say hold off on judgment until more facts come out. Well…as more facts come out not one of them yet as made Cowboys WR Dez Bryant look good. At this point we know that Dez’s mother (who is a mere 7 years older than I at 37) called 911 on him when the incident too place.
Based on his mother’s comments this isn’t the first time Dez has been violent toward her and she called the police because she’s fed up with it. If that’s true, it may explain why it’s rumored that he and his half brother got into an altercation that day. On the call, Dez’s mother sounds distracted and worried. You can hear someone else yelling in the background as the 911 operator pleads with her to stop arguing with the person in the background and focus on the conversation at hand. She describes Dez as wearing black pants and no shirt and apparently she is not sure where he actually lives. As others have pointed out his license plate says “Bail Me.”
Dez has been in trouble before but nothing he has done in the past made me think he would be in a situation like this. But it was clear beforehand that Dez doesn’t have a strong handle on his affairs—whether financial, on the field, or in his personal life.
[Listen to the 911 call after the jump]
While chatting with @inthebleachers, I thought it might be good to give some context regarding Dez’s relationship with his mother. The NY times profiled him back in 2008 and noted that his childhood was very rough.
Updated: Through his mentor, Dez Bryant has stated that he’s very remorseful for whatever took place.
Dez’s lawyer Royce West said this to the Dallas News:
“I can tell you that both Dez and his mother love one another,” West said. “The fact is Dez has provided financial support for his mother and for his family since joining the NFL, and he will continue to provide financial support for them.”
This is the kind of statement that makes me think his family was asking for money or holding something over his head. I don’t know…just based on their history I’m not convinced that Dez just went over there and broke wesson (as they say where I’m from) on his brother and mom. On the other hand, what would motivate a person to bite the proverbial hand that feeds them?
The Dallas News states that should Dez’s mother move forward with the case (which the police have stated she is prepared to do) the misdemeanor assault charge would carry “a maximum punishment of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine” in addition to whatever penalties are handed down by the NFL.