With the lockout sucking the life out of the NFL, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has provided a welcome diversion.
He reportedly was banned from a Dallas-area mall after allegedly wearing his pants too low on Saturday. Though Bryant denies the allegations, it appears that the banishment indeed occurred. Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Bryant’s adviser, David Wells, and a lawyer went to the mall on Wednesday in an attempt to have the 90-day time out lifted.
“It’s not true,” Wells said. “I was there. I never saw a verbal warning. I went back up there Monday and talked to security and they said nothing was going to come of it.”
Fine. So why was Wells back there on Wednesday trying to get the ban lifted?
Hill reports that retailers at the mall have said both on and off the record that they’ll miss Bryant. He reportedly shops at the Foot Locker store three times per week, and he routinely signs autographs for customers at the store.
“We are sad to see him gone,” an unnamed parking attendant at the mall said. “He would tip of 40 or 50 bucks every time. He was good to us. He treated us well.”
For those of you looking to make things interesting, we suggest a friendly wager based on whether Bryant will return to the mall before he returns to work.
We’ve got a feeling the winner is “mall,” even with the 90-day ban.