Dez Bryant's mother: Cowboys receiver 'tried to kill me'

12:39 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) dives for extra yardage after a second quarter catch against St Louis Rams cornerback Al Harris (31) at Cowboys Stadium. Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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By Matt Eppers, USA TODAY

UPDATE: The Star-Telegram has post audio of the 911 call Dez Bryant's mother made in regards to her son's alleged assault. Angela D. Bryant is heard saying the Cowboys receiver "tried to kill me," and "He won't go home. I keep telling him to go home. He won't go."

The 23-year-old Bryant surrendered Monday after police in DeSoto, south of Dallas, issued a warrant. Police arrived after the 911 call Saturday to find Byrant's mom with a swollen wrist and thumb and bruising on her upper arms, police Capt. Ron Smith said.

She told police she had grabbed Dez Bryant's shirt and he forcefully knocked her arms away, Smith said. Police say he hit her on the face and pushed her in the chest.

He faces a charge of family violence, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Police plan to send their case later this week to Dallas prosecutors, Smith said.

Contributing: Wire reports

The list of Dez Bryant's off-field transgressions grows.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was arrested on domestic violence charges and is free on bond after an incident in DeSoto, Texas.

The DeSoto Police Department told that Bryant was arrested Saturday and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.

Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member, police told KDFW-TV in Dallas. The woman did not need to be taken to the hospital for her injuries, the report said.KDFW-TV said police declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the arrest or Bryant's relationship to the alleged victim.Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assault of a female family member, police told Dallas TV KDFW. The report also said the woman did not need to be taken to the hospital.

KDFW-TV said police would not discuss specific circumstances around the arrest or Bryant's relationship to the alleged victim. says the woman was Bryant's mother and that his half-brother was also involved.

The Cowboys issued a brief statement Monday night after being made aware of the incident.

"We are in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time," Dallas team spokesman Rich Dalrymple said in the statement.

Bryant confirmed the incident to WFAA-TV in Dallas on Monday, but he would not go into specifics.

"I'm good. I'm good," he said.

In Texas, family violence is an attack or "a threat" of imminent harm against a member of a family or household. It's a punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Details of the arrest were scarce, and DeSoto officials will not release any records relating to the incident until Tuesday, according to WFAA.

The run-in with law enforcement was the second in six months for Bryant and the latest in a string of off-field problems for the third-year receiver from Oklahoma State.

Bryant, 23, was detained and questioned by Miami police in January after a fight at a South Beach nightclub. He was not arrested or charged in the incident that involved rapper Lil Wayne and his entourage.

The latest incident would certainly seem to contradict comments Bryant made at a team workout last month in which he said he was focusing solely on football this offseason.

"On the field and off the field, I try to make the best choices possible, and I feel like I'm doing a great job of that," Bryant told the Associated Press.

Bryant received a criminal trespass warning in March 2011 after refusing an order from off-duty police officers to leave a Dallas shopping mall.

A week after the incident at the mall, Bryant was hit with a pair of lawsuits that alleged he owed a jeweler and ticket broker more than $600,000 for custom-made jewelry and tickets.

Last December, reports emerged that Bryant owed a New York-based finance company $50,000 and was allegedly refusing to repay a loan to Endurance Capital Fund.

Bryant emerged as a dependable receiver this past season for the Cowboys, showing marked improvement in every stat from his rookie year. He finished second on the team in catches (63), receiving yards (928) and touchdowns (nine).

Bryant's improvement on the field and a renewed focus on conditioning and film study led Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to praise the receiver's maturation.

"He certainly is different as far as his maturity and as far as his understanding of what it takes to play in the National Football League than when he got here," Jones said last month.



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