Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant may have got off the hook with his mother, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in the clear.
Following a very short press conference in which Bryant’s attorney Royce West, released a one page statement on behalf of Bryant and his mother, comes the speculation of what the DA’s office will do and how the NFL will handle Bryant’s situation.
For those that don’t know, Angela Bryant decided to file an affidavit of non-prosecution with the DeSoto Police Department.
All this, following allegations in which Bryant hit his mother in the face with a baseball cap, pulled and tore her shirt and pulled her hair during an altercation at Angela Bryant’s home in DeSoto, Texas.
DeSoto Police Department decided to file a Class a Misdemeanor family violence charge against Dez and go forth with the case, however it’s unlikely that any charge would stem from this decision without Bryant’s mother’s cooperation.
Next on the checklist is how the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, handles this situation.
As stated in the NFL’s personal conduct policy:
“While criminal activity is clearly outside the scope of permissible conduct, and persons who engage in criminal activity will be subject to discipline, the standard of conduct for persons employed in the NFL is considerably higher,“ it also states “It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful.”
“Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in the conviction of a crime.”
What this means is that Roger Goodell is clearly within the scope of evaluating the situation and deciding how handle this situation. Whether it’s by fine or suspension has yet to be decided.
What we do know is that this is the latest in a string of events involving Dez Bryant and off the field issues. Bryant had the confrontation in Miami where he was detained but not arrested, the lawsuits brought forth by jewelers, and also the scene at North Park Mall, which resulted in Bryant and his friends being kicked off the premises.
For Bryant’s sake and for the sake of the team, let’s hope he gets a slap on the wrist and gets told, “Pull your head out of your rear end, you’re not a kid anymore.”
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