Rapoport reported in November that police had been called to Bryant’s home in Texas six times, though none of the incidents resulted in any arrests. However, the incidents weighed heavily on the Cowboys:
“This is a genuine concern,” Rapoport said. “The Cowboys, I am told by multiple sources involved in the situation, do not trust Dez Bryant off the field. They feared — and they have feared for a while — that it will all blow up in his face, that a variety of small incidents will all come back to haunt him. …“I went to the DeSoto (Texas) City Police Department. I found six instances of police coming to Dez Bryant‘s house — that’s where he lives, in DeSoto. Among the incidents — and none of these were convictions — there was a harassment incident, there was a robbery at his house, the fire department had to come and unlock his car that had a sleeping baby inside. All of these things give the Cowboys cause for concern. He’s had anger management; they have a manager with him at all times. But they are very nervous, and this is one reason they have not wanted to give him the guaranteed money that most elite receivers get.”
On Thursday, Rapoport reported on a 2011 police-involved incident involving Bryant and a number of vehicles registered to him. The incident was set in motion when an unknown caller told police that a man was spotted dragging a woman by the hair from one car to another in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Lancaster, Tex. According to the police report, which was obtained by Rapoport, the woman was dragged from a white Mercedes that was registered to Bryant. That car was left in the parking lot. After police arrived, two men showed up in a Cadillac Escalade also registered to Bryant, with one saying the alleged victim had called to ask him to pick up the Mercedes. Bryant then showed up in a white Bentley with the alleged victim, whom he said he had picked up at a nearby house.
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In the end, no charges were filed.
According to Rapoport, the Cowboys have been aware of the incident “for some time.”