It’s always bad news when professional athletes who are upheld as heroes by many fans disappoint the public by committing crimes, but this story is much more disturbing than everyday allegations of off-field bad behavior: On Monday, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence against — of all people — his own mother, Yahoo Sports reports:
Bryant turned himself in to the DeSoto (Texas) police department after hearing of the charges, and was released from custody after posting $1,500 bail. However, and as first reported by Rebecca Lopez of WFAA-TV, the underlying reasons for Bryant’s arrest should give serious pause.
“Desoto police say Dez Bryant assaulted his mother,” Lopez wrote on her Twitter account. “Slapped her across the face and pulled her hair. Dez Bryant’s mother says she had pain and swelling as a result of injuries according to a police report. Police report says Bryant’s mother had asked him to leave when he allegedly assaulted her.”
The Dallas Morning News crime blog had this to add:
Angela Bryant told police that she and her son got into an argument Saturday afternoon at her home in the 800 block of West Pleasant Run Road.
Police said the Lufkin native grabbed his mother by the T-shirt, causing it and her bra to tear, according to police documents. She said he then grabbed her by the hair and slapped her across the face with his ball cap.
When asked for a response by WFAA-TV, Bryant would only say, “I’m good. I’m good.”
Read more at Yahoo Sports.