Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Dez Bryant accused of dodging payment
By Calvin Watkins
SAN ANTONIO -- The lawyer for a Colleyville, Texas, jeweler and ticket broker whom Dez Bryant allegedly owes more than $600,000 filed a motion for sanctions against the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, according to court papers obtained by ESPNDallas.com.
Beth Ann Blackwood, the lawyer for Eleow Hunt, filed the motion in Tarrant County court Wednesday accusing Bryant of making "falsely sworn interrogatory answers." A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 19.
Blackwood said Bryant failed to fully respond to numerous inquiries seeking him to admit or deny making purchases of jewelry and sporting event tickets from Hunt from January 2009 to July 2010. When Bryant did answer written questions, Blackwood said in the court filing, it was determined he did not sign his name and a notary public couldn't confirm his signature.
Wednesday's filing alleges that Hunt presented signed invoices for purchases, but the signatures didn't match up with Bryant's signature on court documents.
Bryant's attorney, Texas state senator Royce West, didn't return a call seeking comment. Bryant was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon because he was at practice.
David Wells, an adviser for Bryant who is named as a co-defendant in the suit, said the receiver plans to repay Hunt for the jewelry when he receives his workout bonus.
Cowboys players who are due workout and roster bonuses are scheduled to get them when the league year starts, which could happen Thursday.
Bryant is supposed to get a $1 million bonus.
Blackwood said in the filing that Bryant and Wells have consistently employed "typical bill-dodging tactics" since Bryant signed with the Cowboys.
In addition to the repayment of jewelry and tickets, Blackwood is asking the court for $15,000 in attorney and court fees.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.