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Dez Bryant sued for $246,000 in jewelry

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As Rosenthal pointed out this morning, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant may shop wherever he wants to shop.

But it’s important that he pay for whatever he buys.

PFT has learned that Bryant has been sued by a jeweler who allegedly produced several custom items for Bryant in 2010.  Per the complaint filed today in the District Court of Dallas, Texas, A+A Diamonds, Ltd. d/b/a Rafaello & Co. alleges that Bryant received $267,000 worth of jewelry — and that he has paid only $21,000.

This means that (abacus engaged) Bryant owes $246,000.

Bryant allegedly made multiple purchases, before and after the 2010 draft.  On January 22, 2010, he bought $75,000 worth of jewelry.  On February 8, 2010, he made a whopping $144,000 purchase, including a $60,000 custom charm.  On February 16, 2010, he purchased $25,000 more in jewelry.  On May 24, 2010, Bryant purchased a $23,000 diamond bracelet.

Attached to the complaint are a purchase order supposedly signed by Bryant, along with the various invoices.

Bryant signed a contract last year with $8.5 million in guaranteed money, so he can afford to pay his bills.  It’s unclear why he hasn’t.

Bryant lost a $50,000 earring during a game against the Giants.  A security guard found the item.  The incident came a day after Bryant tweeted a picture of a diamond-encrusted necklace with his number, 88.  “I had to show the world my 88 necklace,” Bryant said at the time.

Apparently, he has yet to feel a similar compulsion to show Rafaello & Company the money for it.

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85 Responses to “Dez Bryant sued for $246,000 in jewelry”
  1. geniusesq says: Mar 28, 2011 3:14 PM

    At this rate? Broke upon retirement. Thanks for playing.

  2. chrisritch93 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:14 PM

    He only does crap like this so you have something to stick your periscope up and report on.

  3. bearsblow says: Mar 28, 2011 3:16 PM

    Doo DAWG Likes his Jeeeeeery!

  4. Kaz says: Mar 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    The lockout can’t end quick enough for Dez….

  5. realitypolice says: Mar 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    $8.5 Million minus taxes and agents fees is probably no more than $5 million dollars.

    That means this guy spent over %5 of the total guaranteed money on his contract on jewelry BEFORE THE START OF HIS ROOKIE SEASON.

    Hilarious.

  6. flapjackdaddy says: Mar 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    Sounds about right.

  7. depack says: Mar 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    I’m PRETTY DAMN sure I know why he hasn’t paid it………Dez Bryant is a P.O.S.

  8. richgannon says: Mar 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    My opinion of Dez is officially lower than his pants.

  9. pioniere says: Mar 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    I don’t think any of this should be surprising anyone. Bryant had huge question marks surrounding his (lack of) character going into last year’s draft, and he has done nothing yet to dispel them. And I can’t think of any other team I would rather see saddled with this problem child.

  10. wetpaperbag2 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:24 PM

    Yet another NFL player who’s been groomed since High School to be a superstar; i.e., no one telling him “no” or making the kid “earn” anything throughout his adolescence. It’s of no surprise really. Just another athlete caught up in the “entourage” mentality.

    The next story we are sure to hear about Dez is that he was robbed of all the jewelry he’s been flashing around.

  11. hobartbaker says: Mar 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    The Royal Crack Baby is becoming a caricature. Let’s see how his corrupt politcal power broker Family spins this one away.

  12. schmitty2 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:25 PM

    Here we go again..wasnt it it brought up a million times before the draft about this kid being shady? Everyone is hyped for him to be the stud receiver next year but he cant stay out of the negative spotlight. Miles is still the man there

  13. 44kyle says: Mar 28, 2011 3:27 PM

    Players like Dez and Aqib sure know how to get the public on their side in the CBA dispute.

  14. nfl52 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:29 PM

    man this dude just screams knucklehead. he is a reporters dream. this is why he fell in the draft

  15. choosingtobeintroducedasateam says: Mar 28, 2011 3:31 PM

    Don’t forget that $55,000 meal he had to buy for the entire team as ‘punishment’ for not carrying Roy Williams pads during training camp.

  16. nj22 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    If I had 100Billion dollars, I would not spend a dime on jewelry for myself. These guys are such clowns.

  17. ezmoover says: Mar 28, 2011 3:32 PM

    Something else we now know.

    Uncle Jerry is color blind.

    That explains how he missed all of those red flags.

    (Oh ya, and the Super Bowl proved that Uncle Jerry can’t count either.)

  18. jaggedmark says: Mar 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    $246,000 worth of jewelry not paid for? Lindsay Lohan thinks Dez went a little too far.

  19. Davo says: Mar 28, 2011 3:36 PM

    And these guys leave the NFL without a penny to their name….why?

  20. whathappenedtovox says: Mar 28, 2011 3:36 PM

    $8.5 mil guaranteed, so we’re talking roughly $4.5 after taxes. $267K in jewelry divided by $4.5 mil… and Dez has spent roughly 6% of his guaranteed money on custom jewelry. Smart kid.

  21. jdl1325 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:38 PM

    He shouldn’t miss those game checks in September since he wisely invested his signing bonus.

  22. calminknowledge says: Mar 28, 2011 3:39 PM

    The young man needs some sound financial advice…
    save your dough, brother, you’ll always be #88 version 2 in big D.
    The original #88, HOFer Mike Irvin, suggests that you invest in ‘white powders’.

  23. danimalk82 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:39 PM

    How many horrible decisions can this guy make in one year? Maybe it’s because Dez smokes with cigarettes and likes to do hoodrat stuff with his friends. As far as what he needs to do get his life in order, I don’t know. Maybe no video games for a whole weekend?

  24. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    Celebrities are desperate, insecure people. It’s all about, me, me, me. Please, look at me! I am so pretty! Love me! Want me! Yup, he’s a dandy. He’s a real fancy boy.

  25. waitingguilty says: Mar 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    Obviously Dez did nothing wrong here…Just ask him.

    This is clearly a complete misunderstanding.

    Or maybe one of his friends actually placed the orders with out his knowledge.

  26. cowboyaggie says: Mar 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    Wow the players want more money. No wonder considering how they spend it. To spend more than 300K before getting drafted is beyond ridiculous for someone that has never had a real job in their life.

  27. cowboyaggie says: Mar 28, 2011 3:41 PM

    Wow the players want more money, No wonder considering how they spend it. To spend more than 300K before getting drafted is beyond ridiculous for someone that has never had a real job in their life.

  28. chargerdillon says: Mar 28, 2011 3:42 PM

    Another classic Jerry Jones pick

  29. rcali says: Mar 28, 2011 3:44 PM

    Tony Dungy, where are you? You need to babysit another player.

  30. duanethomas says: Mar 28, 2011 3:46 PM

    I can’t recall the ex. athlete who was asked where all his money went. He answered ” I spent it all on women, wine and jewelry and the rest I wasted”. Tipping valets 50.00 everytime he goes to the mall several times a week, not to mention the money spent in the mall. The 60K dinner at the steakhouse. I bet he has at least 3 cars and of course he bought mommy one. As I asked before…..how many times has he met with his financial adviser?

  31. arzcardinals says: Mar 28, 2011 3:46 PM

    Has NO ONE shown him Jamarcus Russell?

    Really!?!

  32. ssuperkyle says: Mar 28, 2011 3:46 PM

    Only a culture of ignorance could produce him.

  33. jamaltimore says: Mar 28, 2011 3:47 PM

    It’s amazing with Dez’s background in finance and contracts that the NFLPA hasn’t brought him into the negotiations!!! Seriously it’s time to get the lawyers out of the room and let the partners negotiate!

  34. robzar says: Mar 28, 2011 3:47 PM

    Maybe the guy could make Diz a “Bling Belt” out of gold and diamonds to hold his damn pants up!!!

  35. vertekal says: Mar 28, 2011 3:48 PM

    Is that a NASCAR Dale Jr pendant?

  36. azwildcats96 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:48 PM

    Have you seen the price of gold lately? Who knew all those rappers from the 80′s were actually smart investors Bwahaha!!!!!!!

  37. tednancy says: Mar 28, 2011 3:50 PM

    Shocking.

  38. packerrube13 says: Mar 28, 2011 3:51 PM

    Sound investing, brought to you by the NFL.

  39. ampats says: Mar 28, 2011 3:54 PM

    Amazing, has not even been drafted and is spending $225K on bling. Glad he has his priorities straight. Wonder how all Dez is going to do during the “lockout” ?

    The store took the risk advancing him the bling. It seems like everything you read/hear about this guy is negative and makes me glad with all his talent ,the Pats passed him over last year in the draft.

    Good luck Cowboy fans ! We have seen this picture before.

  40. timegambit says: Mar 28, 2011 3:55 PM

    I wanna be Dez Bryants bookie.

    Young kid, tons of cash and no brains.

    I’d retire in 3 years.

    Either that or open up a Big and Tall store outside JaMarcus Russell’s house. He’s probably going to be growing out of his clothes like an infant.

  41. JimmySmith says: Mar 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    Wearing the Cowboys #88 jersey must make you stupid. His career will soon flame out and he will be wondering what hit him, much like the previous #88

  42. upperdecker19 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    “Bryant lost a $50,000 earring during a game against the Giants. A security guard found the item. ”

    It may be time to make the switch to cubic zirconia on gamedays?

  43. dirtdawg55 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:08 PM

    So who am I supposed to feel sorry for in the labour war again? Is it guys like Dez Bryant or the guys who hire guys like Dez Bryant?

    Of course, the NFLPA wants you to know that their average member just looked at what Dez spent on jewelry and had a minor poopie incident because that’s more money than most of them make in their careers, net.

  44. scudbot says: Mar 28, 2011 4:12 PM

    I thought 88 was his IQ score.

  45. terrellblowens says: Mar 28, 2011 4:15 PM

    I guess some guys really know how to save up for the lockout.

  46. duanethomas says: Mar 28, 2011 4:18 PM

    One more thing. 8 million guaranteed over 4 years. He probably got 2 million of that this year plus his salary. His net this year after taxes and agents fee’s was a little over a million more then likely. 276K plus the 50K dinner, he blew 25% of his money on that alone. Now take in account the cars, 20% down on the million dollar mansion, family obligations, furnishing, shopping sprees etc….Chapter 7 is in his future.

  47. favrespeckerpictures says: Mar 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    In today’s economy…..isn’t gold and diamonds a good investment?? Hey….I’m just sayin’.

    LOL

  48. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    just never seems to amaze me how dumb these brothers can be.

  49. mick730 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    “Of course, the NFLPA wants you to know that their average member just looked at what Dez spent on jewelry and had a minor poopie incident because that’s more money than most of them make in their careers, net.”

    Well, since the league minimum is something like $375k per seaon, even using the union’s funny math for calculating the average length of a NFL career, you’re way off.

    You’ll need to think harder about ways to convince people that the union is who to side with.

  50. rojones82 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    You know you are a complete tool when even Deon Sanders gives up on you. and the speed at which Sanders gave up on you LOL.

  51. nesuperfan says: Mar 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    While I agree totally with everyone, who said this guy is a moronic sleezeball, I have to question any business that would not take full payment in advance for any custom jewelry. As for any portions, which were not custom, why didn’t they make him pay when he picked them up?

  52. 52crabcakes says: Mar 28, 2011 4:29 PM

    Dez, do you hang out with Sergio Kindle?

  53. turgidsen says: Mar 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    What a joke of a player and an org . LMAO !!!! (sound familiar)

  54. skoobyfl says: Mar 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    How many kids does he have, that’s what determines the man these days.

  55. dcninerfan says: Mar 28, 2011 4:45 PM

    Huh… Its like that Diva stuff they were talking about pre-draft has come true… Who’da thought?

  56. skins1976 says: Mar 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    Who lets $246K walk out the door on an IOU? Just sayin’

  57. r8rsfan says: Mar 28, 2011 5:00 PM

    timegambit says:
    Either that or open up a Big and Tall store outside JaMarcus Russell’s house. He’s probably going to be growing out of his clothes like an infant.

    That’s some good stuff right there man – two thumbs up! Baby huey with a bottle full of purple drank!

  58. melonnhead says: Mar 28, 2011 5:00 PM

    Wearing the Cowboys #88 jersey must make you stupid. His career will soon flame out and he will be wondering what hit him, much like the previous #88

    ————————————————

    Oh right, because Michael Irvin’s career flamed out after 750 catches, three Super Bowl rings and a hall of fame induction, I get it. We’re not talking about Javon Walker here.

  59. shaggytoodle says: Mar 28, 2011 5:05 PM

    What a donkey move by a foolish rookie.

    You think with knowing that a lockout could be looming when you get drafted, most people with half a brain, would rather spend a quarter mil on a house or car something that you will need more importantly than jewelry.

  60. melikefootball says: Mar 28, 2011 5:22 PM

    I guess any education at all in the college level may not rub off on some.

  61. stairwayto7 says: Mar 28, 2011 5:24 PM

    The diva drama continues! No wonder Dieon don’t want anything to do with him!

  62. ajtexans says: Mar 28, 2011 5:33 PM

    The NFL is a brutal game. I can’t imagine losing the physical and emotional toll of losing a $50,000 ear ring during a game. The NFLPA* absolutely deserves a bigger cut of the $9 billion pie. #letusplay

  63. steeelfann says: Mar 28, 2011 5:47 PM

    And you wonder why the Cowboys have won, what, 1 playoff game in the last 13-14 years? Another great draft choice by the Cowgirls. Good job Jerry. What great leadership qualities exuded by Dez Bryant. Reminds one of Roger Stauback and Drew Pearson.

    Beautiful.

    Also, who lets an imbecile like this walk around with a quarter million in credit to begin with? Who is charge of this financing, Barney Frank along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Retarded.

  64. seabreezes51 says: Mar 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    Dude like he pretty shoes and pretty shiny jools……….
    MMMMMMmm,
    Sounds like some wives I hear about….

  65. thegrantreese says: Mar 28, 2011 5:58 PM

    You let it walk out the door when you know it is a public figure and you can get it back when you go to the news with the story.

  66. bhindenemylines says: Mar 28, 2011 6:00 PM

    ampats says:
    Mar 28, 2011 3:54 PM

    Good luck Cowboy fans ! We have seen this picture before.

    ************************************
    Yes, yes we have. And it lead to 3 SB rings in four years.

    What’s your point?

  67. pixelito says: Mar 28, 2011 6:04 PM

    Maybe if his mom wasn’t such a ho.

  68. rye724 says: Mar 28, 2011 6:13 PM

    richgannon says:

    My opinion of Dez is officially lower than his pants.

    - This is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. Very witty and deserving of a repost!

  69. gasolinejt says: Mar 28, 2011 6:23 PM

    Honestly, I think this is a good thing for Cowboys fans.

    It’s obvious Dez Bryant has gone through his money (or most of it), and is realizing that ~$2 million dollars per year isn’t as much money as he thought it would be.

    He’s going to be hungry for a new fat contract, and he’s going to step his game up.

  70. jimmysee says: Mar 28, 2011 6:35 PM

    These players! They’re just like you and me — only more so.

    (Maybe not.)

  71. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 28, 2011 6:40 PM

    who do fools love jewelry so much? It serves no purpose at all. At least an expensive car can be driven around but spending so much on jewelry is a perfect example of excess.

  72. melonnhead says: Mar 28, 2011 7:11 PM

    And you wonder why the Cowboys have won, what, 1 playoff game in the last 13-14 years?

    ————————————————-

    Not enough steroids and ref payoffs.

  73. rayguyreturns says: Mar 28, 2011 7:11 PM

    Now these are the same poor players that Tedy Bruschi is worried about them not being able to pay for their own health insurance due to the lock out?

    My heart bleeds.

  74. donttouchthedirtypenny says: Mar 28, 2011 7:11 PM

    Oops. The rest of the cash fell out of his pocket while he was pulling up his pants. His bad.

  75. 1pjw says: Mar 28, 2011 7:17 PM

    This really helps explain why Goodell has been cracking down on rough play.
    If the players dress like girls…..

  76. burntorangehorn says: Mar 28, 2011 9:00 PM

    Maybe exchange the jewelry for some pants that stay up?

  77. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 28, 2011 9:17 PM

    don’t knock the guy for having low pants. he probably wouldn’t recognize his own mother wearing pants above her knees.

  78. gregmorris78 says: Mar 28, 2011 9:20 PM

    Glad he’s in Dallas…

    Can’t wait to up against him in the Fall

  79. gregmorris78 says: Mar 28, 2011 9:25 PM

    I saw Clinton Portis & Santana Moss blow 100′s of thousands collectively on stupid bracelets and such.

    You should’ve seen Portis trying on the bracelet – not very wise.

    Glad they’re both gone out of DC…

  80. gregmorris78 says: Mar 28, 2011 9:29 PM

    Michael Irvin has taken the guy under his wing..

    Irvin is a joke and there were BIG payoffs to get that shmuck into the Hall of Fame. Irvin, new ambassador to the game – what a joke

  81. polishkingski says: Mar 28, 2011 10:33 PM

    my ex bro inlaw works at 1bd and he told us that this guy was such a tool that despite his talent various gm`s couldn`t believe what they were witnessing in the interviews. what a retard this dude must be.

  82. boltsfaninaz says: Mar 28, 2011 10:56 PM

    So let me get this straight, the NFLPA thinks that the players deserve more money? What a joke. I wouldn’t trust some of these players with $20 let alone $20 million.

  83. crackerjackjoe says: Mar 29, 2011 12:12 AM

    I’m hoping that he at least paid for his tampons and pink g-strings.

  84. dumdum21 says: Mar 29, 2011 6:42 AM

    These are non lost money.

    Having jewelry is better than having money the way the dollar is going down.

  85. footballisfun says: Apr 2, 2011 9:46 PM

    When Deion Sanders gives up on someone, you know that “someone” is – to say charitably – not worth wasting one’s time on.

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