Your public image as a professional athlete isn’t exactly helped when you are publicly accused of attacking your own mother. Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys has gone from being a huge asset to a serious liability for a team that lives in the national spotlight. The player is being charged with domestic violence in an incident that involved his own mother, and prosecutors are saying that they don’t plan to drop the charges for him or anyone else.
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says that Bryant is going to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor of family violence. The DA says that his office still has to decide how they are going to move forward with the prosecution. The entire affair began on July 14 in a disturbance during which the player was accused of slapping his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with his hat.
“Just got off the phone with my lawyer; it’s not true,” Bryant said to reporters.
Bryant’s attorney, Texas state senator Royce West, told ESPNDallas.com that he has yet to speak to the DA about the charges.
“If indeed the district attorney’s office said it’s true, we’ll move forward with the case through the criminal justice system,” West said. “I’m never surprised by anything. I’ve been in law for over 30 years. If the DA thinks it has probable cause, we’ll go from there.”
If the NFL decides that Bryant has violated the league’s discipline policy, he could be suspended or fined. His mother doesn’t want to pursue charges in the matter.
“We have victims every day that file affidavits of non-prosecution,” Watkins told the Dallas Morning News. “We take those into consideration but we take other issues into consideration, too … so that’s just one element of the prosecution that we consider.”