Dez Bryant allegedly hit his mother in the face
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant allegedly hit his mother in the face using his baseball cap, then proceeded grabbing her by the shirt so hard that he ripped her bra — this according to the arrest documents of the football star.
According to reports, Angela Bryant, the mother of the NFL star can be heard telling her friends in an emotional 911 that her son “tried to kill me” and that she is going to “put an end to it today.”
The arrest records that have been released on Tuesday by the DeSoto Police Department in Texas said that Angela told the police officers that Dez Bryant hit her across the face with a baseball cap, pulled her hair, tore her shirt and bra, then repeatedly hit her hands and wrists when she tried to push him away.
“Babe, I can’t keep letting him do this. . . . I can’t let him do me like this. I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today,” 37-year-old Angela Bryant can be heard telling someone in the room when she made her 911 call.
Dez Bryant surrendered to the police on Monday on a Class A misdemeanor warrant for assault, with bodily injury. The football star immediately posted bond after the incident. If he is convicted, he may spend time behind bars up to one year, plus a $4,000 fine. However, according to an NFL official, even if Dez Bryant is not found guilty of the criminal charge, he could still face discipline under the National Football League’s personal conduct policy.
The assault reportedly started at the house of Angela Bryant at 800 block of West Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto, Texas around 1:15 in the afternoon, Saturday. Angela placed a 911 call from a friend’s nearby house in the 900 block of Longmeadow Lane, telling the authorities that her son was now there.
“He won’t go home. I keep telling him to go home. He won’t go,” Angela can be heard telling the dispatcher, as a man can be heard shouting in the background.
Angela Bryant told the dispatcher at a later time that Dez Bryant has already left in a white Pearl Lincoln Navigator, bearing the license plate “BAILME.” She added that no one had been drinking alcohol or taking drugs and that her son, brother and a friend were present when the physical assault happened.
When Angela Bryant was asked if anybody was armed with a weapon, she answered “not yet” but said that Dez Bryant had picked up a ball and tried to hit her with it.
“And then he grabbed me. You’ll see when you get here how my clothes look,” Angela told the dispatcher.
During a news conference on Tuesday morning, DeSoto Police Department Captain Ron Smith said that the authorities did not arrest Dez Bryant immediately because they did not see any evidence of the alleged physical assault. However, evidence of the injuries inflicted upon Angela Bryant surfaced a day or two later.
According to the affidavit, the injuries, which included swelling to the Angela’s wrists and around her left thumb, plus bruising on her upper arms as well. Angela also complained of pain in her hands, arms and wrists, as well as soreness in her chest due to the pushing done by Dez Bryant.
“It’s pretty straightforward,” Smith said. “He and his mom got in an argument. It is physical. She got some injuries. We made the arrest.”
Captain Ron Smith said he did not know what started the argument that turned violent.
“Whatever led to it is really not an issue for us,” Smith said. “We have an injured person. We have a suspect. We’re going to move forward.”
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was unavailable for comment on Monday, but his attorney, Royce West, said that his client voluntarily turned himself in when he learned that a warrant of arrest is out for him, and cooperated with police.
The Dallas Cowboys team released a statement on Monday regarding the incident through spokesman Rich Dalrymple:
“We are in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time.”
The incident occurred less than two weeks before the start of the 2012 training camp of the football team, which begins officially on July 29 in Oxnard, California.