Dez Bryant made a surprise appearance at a "Men Against Abuse" rally in Dallas on Saturday and said he was done with domestic abuse during an impromptu speech. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver made headlines last July when he was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence after he allegedly hit his mother Angie Bryant and pulled her hair during an argument. No charges, however, were ever filed.
Bryant, though, reportedly expressed remorse at the rally, which was organized by Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and was also attended by Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubauch and Brandon Carr.
Carr said he didn’t know his teammate was coming.
“It was surprising,” Carr said. “It shocked me but he came and supported. Dez got up and was able to give his spiel and his talk. It’s a humbling experience to see your teammates come out and support you and they had the same issues going on in their lives. For Dez to get up here in front of all these people and admit his mistakes and to be with us in this rally and take stand against something he was a part of, that speaks volumes.”
After the event, Bryant only wanted to talk about football, saying: “Here’s all you need to know. I’m done with domestic abuse.”
Props to Bryant for participating and hopefully he will remain a man of his word.
The issue is also a personal one for Carr, a former member of the Kansas City Chiefs who had been friends with Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins. Perkins was murdered by Belcher last December before the linebacker took his own life outside the Chiefs' practice facility.