Cowboys WR Bryant arrested on family violence charge

PFW staff
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Updated 12:16 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 17

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge in DeSoto, Tx. on Monday, multiple media outlets reported.

According to KDFW-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth and, Bryant's charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Bryant is free on bond, according to those reports. obtained the police report from the DeSoto Police Department and it alleges Bryant "got upset during a verbal argument and grabbed mother by her shirt and hair and hit her in the face with ball cap." Bryant's mother told police that she told her son to leave during an argument and he became upset.

Bryant's lawyer, Royce West, told's Ian Rapoport, "Dez does not want this to be a distraction for the Cowboys. ... The fact of the matter is, he has never ever been arrested for anything involving these types of allegations at all. And so, obviously it comes as a shock having to be fingerprinted, but reality is that he's going to work his way through this and be prepared for the season."

Bryant, 24, caught 63 passes for 928 yards and four TDs in 2011. He is entering his third NFL season. Bryant was the Cowboys' first-round pick in 2010.

The way we see it

Bryant’s status with the Cowboys remains very much up in the air. Although some readers might have been surprised to see Nolan Nawrocki’s note about Bryant in last week's report about supplemental-draft prospect Josh Gordon, you certainly have to think that the Cowboys believed that perhaps Bryant has too much growing up still to do and that it might be the chore for his next team to take on. The team is still investigating and is said to have not reached any judgments yet. Bryant’s rookie contract runs out after the 2014 season.