It could probably be argued that the tumultuous start to Cowboys third-year receiver Dez Bryant’s NFL career should have been predictable, considering his track record coming out of Oklahoma State. The extent of Bryant’s off-field issues reached a new low on Monday when he was arrested for allegedly domestically assaulting his own mother.
But Bryant maintains supporters in the Cowboys’ locker room, and they begin with quarterback Tony Romo.
“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back,” Romo told ESPN’s Ed Werder in a Friday interview. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him. Dez knows that I’m going to stick up for him.”
In spite of the arrest, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently indicated that he believes the organization’s best option is to throw its support behind Bryant and commit to him, rather than turn its back on the 23-year-old receiver when he needs his team the most. After all, Bryant worked his tail off this offseason.
Romo is on board with Jones’ approach, and suggested that Bryant deserves due process before guilt is presumed in regard to the arrest.
“None of us are directly involved in what’s going on with his life,” Romo explained. “So everyone, the speculation, the articles and things that are written are just people that are guessing. And they’re going to have their opinions based on it, but no one knows exactly the way Dez grew up, the way that things have shaped his life and his difficulties.
“… Friends and your team don’t leave you during those moments. They come back and they tell you that we’re here for you. Our football team is a close-knit team, and these moments should show that.”