If Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant avoids prosecution on a Class A misdemeanor family violence charge, he’ll have his mother to thank — the same woman he allegedly assaulted.
Angela Bryant told authorities she does not wish to pursue the case against her son, according to a Dallas County district attorney’s spokeswoman.
The third-year wideout turned himself into DeSoto police on July 14 after Angela Bryant called police to report that her son had assaulted her. Following a disagreement, Dez Bryant allegedly hit his mother across the face with a ball cap and also grabbed her by her T-shirt, causing her bra to tear, according to a police affidavit.
Prosecutors could still pursue the charges, which carry a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, according to Texas state law.
But even Angela Bryant cannot protect her son from the judgment of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the league’s wide-reaching personal conduct policy.
“It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful,” the policy states. “Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in the conviction of a crime.”
Selected by Dallas with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Bryant was detained by police but not arrested after an alleged altercation at a Miami Beach night club in January.
In 15 games last season, Bryant caught 63 passes for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. The Cowboys are reportedly in the market for another proven receiver to play behind Bryant and Miles Austin.
Bryant’s quarterback believes the 23-year-old will learn from his mistake.
“I think Dez and everybody does things they wish they could have back in life,” Tony Romo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But that was a situation and he is going to learn from it. He is going to take steps in the future to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I know he feels bad. It’s a kid who is growing and learning to become a man. He is really a good kid.”