Dallas Cowboys: Royce West

Mum on mom won't work long for Dez Bryant

July, 25, 2012

DALLAS -- Dez Bryant proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he could sit in the same room as his mother, Angela, for a few minutes without police intervention.

Other than that, the Tuesday news conference at attorney Royce West's office was pretty much pointless.

With all due respect for the Texas senator's ability to use voice inflection for emphasis, it was a waste of time to listen to West read a canned, seven-paragraph statement that took eight days to prepare. His staff might as well have emailed the statement along with glamour shots of the dysfunctional mom-and-son duo posing together.

It couldn't have been any less genuine. Had Bryant not nodded a couple of times when West read the sixth paragraph -- the one that mentioned that Dez and his mom thought the matter could be worked out through counseling -- he might as well have been a mannequin.

"I would love to make a statement, but I can't," Bryant said as he exited the room, responding to a question about whether he had met with his Dallas Cowboys bosses to discuss the drama.
I'd love to give Bryant the benefit of the doubt, but I can't. Not just based on listening to a slick lawyer speak for a couple of minutes.

Can NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? As far as the Cowboys are concerned, that's the most important question at the moment.

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Prepared statement from Dez Bryant news conference

July, 24, 2012

“Mr. Bryant and his mother, Angela, are appearing here today because they feel it is important to address recent reports that Mr. Bryant committed family violence against his mother. Although Dez would like to speak to this matter, on the advice of counsel, he will not make any statements at this time.

Did a family disagreement occur? Yes. Did Dez Bryant commit family violence against his mother? No.

They are here today to show they do love and support each other, just as much as they did before the incident a week ago. But like all families, the Bryants have disagreements.

Mr. Bryant and his family understand the serious nature of family violence. They believe that when all the facts are reviewed, Mr. Bryant will be cleared of allegations of family violence.

Angela Bryant does not want charges filed against her son. Ms. Bryant has had an opportunity to speak with other people who witnessed the incident and has filed an Affidavit of Non Prosecution with the DeSoto Police Department. She recognizes that under the law, filing of the affidavit may not impact the legal outcome of her complaint. She asks that her affidavit be taken into consideration in deciding whether it is in the best interest of her family for this to continue in the legal system or allow them to resolve the issue as a family.

Dez and his mother believe this is a family matter that can be worked out through counseling.

They ask that there not be a rush to judgment concerning their family. They also ask for your continued prayers and support for their family as they work through this matter.”