In this morning’s links I wrote that sadly, Dez Bryant’s domestic incident is the tamest example of off-field misconduct during a few months of rampant stupidity that’s far exceeded the normal level of offseason NFL idiocy. I wrote that because at the time the details available described the incident as an argument between Bryant and his mother Angela that clearly escalated too far, but the physical element was limited to only a shove.
Any domestic violence is too much domestic violence, but at first the incident seemed a touch overblown. Now more details have surfaced through the police report, and Bryant did much more than just shove. His conduct isn’t overblown at all, or tame. It’s disgusting.
Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com obtained the report, and it says that Bryant “got upset during a verbal argument and grabbed his mother by her shirt and hair and hit her in the face with a ball cap.” His forceful pull on her shirt was so hard that her bra ripped.
TMZ obtained the audio of the 911 call:
“My son has assaulted me. He’s here now. he won’t go home. I keep telling him to go, he won’t go.” You can clearly hear an argument in the background as Angela says, “I can’t let him keep doing me like this. I’m gonna put an end to it today.”
Bryant told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that he doesn’t want this incident to be a distraction. Too late, Dez.
As grimy as this incident is, I still doubt Bryant receives a lengthy suspension from the league since this is his first arrest despite his multiple other brushes with the law’s long arm that didn’t result in a booking.
Rich Gosslin from the Dallas Morning News has another idea. He thinks the Cowboys should take matters into their own hands, and finally reprimand their wideout who’s both supremely talented, and supremely stupid. Citing the CBA and the provision stating that teams can suspend a player for four games if they deem that his behavior has fallen under the umbrella of “conduct detrimental to the team”, Gosslin thinks Bryant should be suspended by the Cowboys for the maximum number of games allowable, or even cut.
Playing pro football is a privilege, not a right. It’s a children’s game played by adults. But being a millionaire doesn’t give anyone the right to act like a child. In the real world, adults must be held accountable for their actions both on and off the field.
Bryant is getting away with selfishness on the field and off. He puts himself on a pedestal above his team in uniform and out. How is that making the Cowboys a better team and Bryant a better player?
A fair question, and the answer is obvious: it isn’t. Bryant getting cut is a dream that involves multiple pipes, but we may soon find out if winning games is more important to the denizens of Jerry World than employing players with high moral judgement.