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Dez Bryant arrested on family violence charge

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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on Monday in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Texas.

Fox 4 in Dallas reports that Bryant faces a Class A family violence charge and has already bonded out of jail. No further information is available about what transpired leading to Bryant’s arrest.

Bryant confirmed to WFAA in Dallas that there had been an incident, but he would not go into any details about what the incident was.

I’m good, I’m good,” Bryant told the TV station.

Bryant is a very talented young receiver who has had some off-field red flags in the past, but none of those past red flags — ranging from NCAA eligibility issues to financial problems — had included an arrest. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has been one of Bryant’s strongest supporters, will surely be extremely disappointed by this development.

Bryant boasted recently that he’s in phenomenal shape and quicker, stronger and faster than last year. But this is just the latest incident to raise questions about whether a failure to keep his head on straight off the field will prevent him from realizing his potential on the field.

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  1. gamedayscout says: Jul 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    Dez being Dez…he doesn’t get it…shape up!

  2. patfic15 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    Hopefully not a Brandon Marshallesque disturbance.

  3. DCBlueStar says: Jul 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    As a Cowboy fan… I am deeply disappointed in Dez. I was against him from the beginning… but just when it seemed like he was getting his ish together, he goes and does something stupid. Yeah, I know… I don’t know the whole story… and I’m not pretending to, however he just put his own team in a huge bind… a team that was already frantically searching for WR3 now has to wonder if they need WR2. I’m not happy with you at all, Dez…

    Whatever it was that went down… the complaint was filed against him on 06/21/12 according to the Dallas County Background Record Search. He’s only just been arrested. Can’t wait to see his dumb excuse for this.

    Dez… GROW THE HELL UP!!!!!

  4. clw1906 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:05 PM

    Yep he’s definitely bigger faster and stronger just not smarter.

  5. objectivenflfan says: Jul 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    Aww, look Deion – and you said being a mentor to Dez was pointless. I guess he learned something from you after all.

  6. trbowman says: Jul 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    Chronic idiotosis.

  7. mnlittle says: Jul 16, 2012 8:07 PM

    I don’t know what happened with Dez but I do know that many times in a situation like this there are those who know how to get the other person arrested. The way they do that is to stand in their way after picking a fight and when the person, usually male, maybe Dez, tries to push their way past to leave they end up arrested on this type of charge. Just something to consider.

  8. moerawn says: Jul 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    Attaboy Dez, make us proud.

  9. backindasaddle says: Jul 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    When the blurb was posted a couple of days ago about how he was going to be stronger, faster, quicker etc etc….than last year, I asked the question: Did he grow a brain too??? I think we now have our answer.

  10. thepurp1 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    Gosh what a surprise!!!

  11. istateyourname says: Jul 16, 2012 8:09 PM

    Hal what’s that mean Hal? Class A, is that good or bad?

  12. sterilizecromartie says: Jul 16, 2012 8:09 PM

    LOL!

  13. TeamBalco says: Jul 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    I hate NFL offseason.

  14. jerryjonesmustdie83 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    Let the haters start in 3….2….1….

  15. Wisconsin77 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    I don’t think anybody expected this to happen. Not in a million years. Not to Dez!!

  16. croghan1919 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    QUICKER and STRONGER so he can beat his non cooperating girlfriend and/or wife into submission FASTER.

  17. talkintrashallday says: Jul 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    the stupidity amongst NFL players is PHENOMENAL

  18. vikings28 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    what a smart guy!

  19. daboltfan says: Jul 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    Apparently who ever he raged on failed to make him a quicker, stronger, and faster sandwich.

  20. fdgalvan says: Jul 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    Idiot.

  21. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jul 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    Family violence is always the worst. And I see the arrests are starting to flood in, you think the players are getting excited that the season is almost upon us?

  22. badmojo148 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    How bout them cowboys!

  23. olewize1 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    just the kind of news they DONT need!!

  24. giantsfanlewis says: Jul 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Bigger faster stronger….. Not gonna last much longer in the NFL.

  25. Patriot42 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Sometimes when you get faster, quicker and stronger it can be construed as violent if he moves quicker then you can dodge.

  26. cdrion21 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    this headline should read “dez earns his star and officially becomes a cowboy”

  27. johnnyb216 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    Didn’t see this coming!!

  28. kingbeason52 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    What is going on right now..geez..

  29. jbpanthers says: Jul 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    Shock of the offseason.

  30. finfinatic says: Jul 16, 2012 8:17 PM

    He certainly could be in phenominal shape and quicker, stronger and faster than last year, but he ain’t any smarter!

  31. firewolf777 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    Y would u do this too us

  32. ninefingers9 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    jbpanthers says:
    Jul 16, 2012 8:15 PM
    Shock of the offseason.
    ———–
    Pffft! There is no shock here! Par for the course, par for the course!

  33. schlereth says: Jul 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    No shortage of class acts in the NFL. It’s not his fault though; tough environment growing up; viscious cycle of violence; never knew any better; blah blah blah. Vick killed/tortured dogs, Leaf robs banks, and Dez beats his family; not to mention the manslaughtering drunk drivers, the bar fights, and shootings that seem to occur every year with this organization. Why should players abide by the law? They have money and even if you commit the most heinous crime (murder) like ol’ Ray Ray, you can get away with it.

  34. bordner says: Jul 16, 2012 8:26 PM

    Obviously innocent. The truth will come out. Where’s the obligatory quote from his lawyer?

  35. narutofan10 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:28 PM

    I am not going to sit here and judge like some of the other idiots in here. Because, we all make mistakes even multiple ones. He will work through this, I doubt this is even a distraction.

  36. whatwouldlombardido says: Jul 16, 2012 8:30 PM

    Dez Bryant: Reason #497 why the Cowboys SUCK.

  37. macadamia2010 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:30 PM

    Now remember folks, the Cowgirls “stole” Bryant from the Ravens when they traded up in front of them that draft to grab him. Now he apparently is grabbing family members and handling them like they stole from him maybe?

  38. touchdowncolston says: Jul 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    Suspend him for a year, 16 games is about fair.

  39. Fantasy Football Legend says: Jul 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    This is just said. I am unsure what is wrong with these pro athletes. Really there is what 11 days until training camp and these guys can’t stay at home and just be a normal person. Elvis Dumervil and Dez Bryant just made this week for the NFL look silly and all young athletes.

  40. realityonetwo says: Jul 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    Whew! I’m certainly glad HE’S good. I was worried about him…

  41. hyzers says: Jul 16, 2012 8:32 PM

    Still waiting for someone to blame the Lions for this.

  42. cmonmanzz says: Jul 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    Can’t they all stop doing bad stuff for once?

  43. bingocostello says: Jul 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    I am misunderstood,like you know youknow!

  44. NoobTubeTV says: Jul 16, 2012 8:36 PM

    You can’t fix dumb.

  45. thebarkexpress says: Jul 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    I just pray the NFLPA has a program to help Dez… ))))))))

  46. bigbluefan1 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:37 PM

    Not that fast could not out run the law.

    Only thing that could be better is if the Saints cut Wilma

  47. mistersmith22 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    patfic15 says:
    Jul 16, 2012 8:05 PM
    Hopefully not a Brandon Marshallesque disturbance.

    —————-

    You mean the kind where all charges are dropped and the guy is under no threat or prosecution? So, you’re not a Cowboys fan then?

  48. sabatimus says: Jul 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    I guess being quicker, stronger, and faster must’ve helped him: he committed domestic violence, and is already out of jail.

  49. destructicus says: Jul 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    I’m not going to join the bashing, because considering how volatile his family is he could have been arrested simply for something a family member told police, which may not be true. It’s not as though we have any facts, and it’s not as though he can distance himself as easily from family as all the speakers at rookie symposiums tell this kids they should do with old friends.

    What I will say is that I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Jeff Ireland in any of the user comments yet.

  50. twyger says: Jul 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    Heard the lowdown on this one…

    Seems Dez and his girlfriend were having a pleasant discussion at home… with Bryant informing her his dad was a pimp, and that his mother worked for his dad…

    When all of a sudden, completely out of the blue… his girlfriend asked if his mother was a prostitute!!?!?!?!

    Well of course this isn’t the first time this has happened to Dez… and although he’s spent countless sleepless nights wondering why it continues to happen – he’s just been unable to comprehend why people continue to ask this hurtful question.

    So finally fed up… Bryant decided to administer an “attitude adjustment”, strictly in the hopes of nipping a recurring problem in the bud. Unfortunately, said “attitude adjustment” wasn’t appreciated as a corrective measure by the girlfriend… who immediately sought to involve 3rd parties (IE: DeSoto, Texas law enforcement officers).

    I guess Jeff Ireland is just darn lucky he wasn’t born female.

  51. coltsluckdynasty says: Jul 16, 2012 9:30 PM

    Wow, the days without an arrest tracker actually made it to 2 days this time. Let the reset begin, maybe makes it back up to a week! SMH cmon man, this is absurd! Get a grip, millionaires ruining their lives, and the opportunity of a lifetime!

  52. totallydisgusted says: Jul 16, 2012 9:40 PM

    Not a fan of Dez or the Cowboys. but I’m gonna reserve judgement until I here facts. Young rich athletes need to learn that just because they are family doesn’t mean they have your best interest at heart.

  53. threedeep1998 says: Jul 16, 2012 9:48 PM

    NFL athletes need to learn how to travel and get out of the country during the off season. Lay low somewhere warm or go to a country where you’re not famous.

  54. phishead1313 says: Jul 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    He apparently just found out the answer to Jeff Irelands question and didn’t like the answer. Must a pimp slapped his daddy for puttin’ his momma on the street. Gotta’ love the offseason.

  55. cleverbob says: Jul 16, 2012 10:20 PM

    I’m not a fan of the Cowboys, but I’m not going to gleefully make jokes about this guy while his family goes through a jarring crisis. Domestic violence shouldn’t be taken lightly.

  56. staffordsyear says: Jul 16, 2012 10:30 PM

    This lions fan thanks all the other idiots in the league for makin my team look just a little bit better..err not as bad…the rookie symposiom is not workin…or probly its just human nature at its best..ugh.

  57. maltliquor says: Jul 16, 2012 10:51 PM

    This guy is becoming the second coming of Michael Irvin and not in a football sort of way..

  58. mrksams says: Jul 16, 2012 10:58 PM

    As usual, the Cowboys always find the idiots! Seems like Jerry can always find the misfit! Typical Cowboys!

  59. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:00 PM

    If this were a Lions player, there would have been a paragraph devoted to team bashing….

  60. tweeter75 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    “I’m good, I’m good,” Bryant told the TV station.

    ==============================

    That’s good Dez, we were really worried about you. (Sarcasm)

  61. footballlaker says: Jul 16, 2012 11:09 PM

    Better get these guys in camp. At the rate ther’re getting arrested, there may not be enough players to play the season

  62. buccaneerz78 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:13 PM

    Winner..

  63. snakeman40 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:19 PM

    ninefingers9 says:
    Jul 16, 2012 8:24 PM
    jbpanthers says:
    Jul 16, 2012 8:15 PM
    Shock of the offseason.
    ———–
    Pffft! There is no shock here! Par for the course, par for the course!

    Um, that was sarcasm, numbnuts.

  64. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:19 PM

    like cowboy fans care if their players are criminals. they’ll cheer on convicted felons as long as they keep scoring touchdowns.

  65. thejuddstir says: Jul 16, 2012 11:22 PM

    Quicker….faster….stronger…..and Dumber than a box of rocks.

  66. bullpuppy552 says: Jul 16, 2012 11:28 PM

    Bigger, faster, stronger and dumber.

  67. mojosmagic says: Jul 16, 2012 11:30 PM

    All we heard about this off season was how Bryant has turned the corner and matured. I would hate to see an immature Bryant. Jerry took a chance on this loser and it has blown up in his face again.

  68. Phintastic says: Jul 16, 2012 11:32 PM

    Maybe Jeff Ireland was on to something after all…

  69. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 17, 2012 12:18 AM

    Shameful to be in such a great position and squander your God given ability on such foolishness.

  70. dg0122 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:27 AM

    I’ve never passed the but I believe I can speak on behalf of Dez’s attorney when I say : he is innocent; the truth will come out; there was no need to arrest Dez; that is not how it happened; the video will clear him (or there is no video evidence-I always get those confused)

    That’ll be $100,000, Mr. Bryant…

  71. jpb12 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:32 AM

    Jerry gets what he wants.
    Character is a virtue that has no value on the Cowboys list.

    Let the circus begin.

  72. daknight93 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:45 AM

    Deion was right, there’s nothing he can do to mentor this kid..he just doesn’t get it..just continues to make mistake after mistake..

  73. mik888 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:36 AM

    Dez Bryant, I sincerely hope you read this.

    At a time when your coach preaches being the right kind of guy. When your team has 89 of 90 people with 100% participation in the off-season program. When your organization has made the best effort in its history to make a difference in the community – you go and get yourself arrested.

    Let’s review. You could have been a top 10 pick, but you got suspended by the NCAA. You get yourself arrested at the mall (although you may not realize it, it’s hard for a mall to turn down business from a millionaire and arrest him instead). Then, you get yourself involved in a civil dispute for not paying off the bling you bought on time. And now this.

    At some point you are going to have to come to the conclusion that it’s not the way the world is, it’s how you’re being.

    If you do anything tomorrow, register yourself for the Forum at Landmark Education (there’s a location in Dallas) and discover the difference you can make for others on this planet. You have a tremendous amount to offer this world – so cut this crap out.

    As I lifelong Cowboys fan (since the 70’s), I’m embarrassed for my team right now. I suspect there are many others as well – including the fans and your teammates. I understand the Cowboys nation is not perfect and in past times the star has been tarnished. But this is not how we roll!

  74. katolungile says: Jul 17, 2012 3:49 AM

    When the NFL is not in season, these animals can’t control themselves. They have to much free time.

  75. cubancigar10 says: Jul 17, 2012 4:55 AM

    As much as you would like to see improved behavior and give someone the benefit of the doubt: bottom line is you cannot change the stripes on a zebra. Tragic and unfortunate.

  76. jayquintana says: Jul 17, 2012 5:53 AM

    “Throw the book at him! Jerry, I’m available!”
    — Terrell Owens

  77. henryd3rd says: Jul 17, 2012 6:10 AM

    Jerry hurry up and sign TO to mentor this dude.

  78. greenbloodking says: Jul 17, 2012 10:10 AM

    I have a friend who caught his wife in bed with another man, told her its over and walked out as she was screaming and apologizing the whole way through the house… As he went to grab his things from the kitchen she took a butcher knife and stabbed him in the back under the shoulder blade and pulled it down 6 inches. He turned and hit her with a chair and then called 911. When the cops came they arrested him because that was the law in Florida at the time but he was defending himself and the woman eventually went to jail for attempted murder. The point is that we do not know what truly happened yet so until we do it’s best to reserve judgement.

  79. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 22, 2012 1:27 AM

    Seems to me that Roger Goodell has more to worry about than the Saints’ defense and James Harrison playing too rough.

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