Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant turned himself in to DeSoto, Texas police on Monday in connection with an incident involving his half-brother and mother. According to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Bryant was charged with family violence, a Class A misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine.
According to the Star-Telegram, the incident occurred on Saturday on the 800 block of East Pleasant Run in DeSoto. Details are a bit hazy at this point (the police report comes out today), but according to ESPN Dallas, Bryant was involved in an argument with his half brother and wound up pushing his mother, Angela.
(Reports from other outlets have the victim as Bryant’s fiance, but the incident itself occurred at Bryant’s mother’s home. Either way, a female family member was pushed, and Dez was booked.)
As for the severity of said pushing: KDFW-TV in Dallas reports that the family member wasn’t injured, and didn’t want to be taken to the hospital.
Regardless of who was pushed or how hard, this is a terrible look for Bryant, who was having a quiet offseason up to this point. He faces a fine and up to a year in prison. Unless there’s some really bad blood between him and mom (or his girl), it’s a bit of a reach to expect him to go to jail over this. But jail probably isn’t what he should be worried about at this point: the real issue for Bryant (and the Cowboys) is a possible suspension from Roger Goodell.
Dez has a history of off-the-field shenanigans. In March 2011, he received a criminal trespass warning from off-duty police officers at an upscale mall in Dallas after being asked to leave for wearing his pants too low and cursing. (Uptight Dallas mall-goers apparently don’t enjoy seeing Dez Bryant’s ass.) A week later, he was sued (two separate times) in connection with some unpaid jewelry — $850,000 worth. In December 2011, he was sued over $100,000 in borrowed money that he didn’t pay back, which kind of defeats the purpose of “borrowing.” In January, he was briefly detained (but never charged) in connection with a fight at a Miami nightclub. Quite a rap sheet, and all of that happened in a little over a year.
So Roger Goodell looks at that — and then looks at all of the other guys getting themselves arrested this offseason — and puts his disciplinarian hat on, because nothing gives Roger Goodell a hard-on like wearing his disciplinarian hat. For Bryant, it means he’s probably going to miss a few games to start the season. For Tony Romo, it means he’ll be throwing to Miles Austin and Jason Witten even more than he usually does.