Now Seems Like As Good a Time As Any To Re-Visit Dez Bryant's Story

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​Last September I penned a cover story in the Observer about you-know-who, better known as Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

Looking back at it now, there are some interesting, relevant points that may shed some light on the receiver's current "dark place,' according to adviser David Wells.

My lead to Dez's tale:

To fans and critics respectively, Dez is either the Pro Bowl missing piece to a championship puzzle or a diva deal-breaker who will generate negative news and sabotage a successful team.

The pertinent bullet points ...

  • For what it's worth, Bryant has two children with different mothers, neither of whom he married. Bryant, who won't be 23 until November, said he is committed to providing economic and emotional support to his two sons -- 2-year-old Zayne, who lives in Lufkin, and Dez Jr., born June 25 in Killeen.
  • Despite a chaotic childhood, he has never been arrested, prone to violence or associated with drugs.
  • "I'm not a diva," Bryant maintained. "I'm too rough to be a diva. Hate that word. There's nothing diva about me."
  • Calling Bryant's childhood tumultuous is akin to labeling his grasp of grammar unrefined. His mother, Angela, had Dez at 15 and two more children before age 18. His dad, in his early 40s at the time, didn't much stick around. Saddened by having to feed her kids only ramen noodles and hot dogs, Angela turned to selling drugs for extra income. She eventually also began using -- marijuana, PCP, cocaine -- and in 1997, when Dez was 8, was arrested after selling drugs to an undercover policeman in Lufkin. She was sentenced to four years at the Plane State Jail in Dayton, but served only a year and a half. With Mom locked up, Bryant bounced from living with his aunt to living briefly with his father and, finally, his girlfriend's family.
  • Bryant had anger management issues and academic difficulties that landed him in special education classes as a high-school freshman. He pushed himself and amassed three years of math and English credits his final two years at Lufkin.

Sometimes to get a perspective on where a man is, you gotta remember where he's been.


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17 comments
Revisit This
Revisit This

Now seems like as good a time as any to point out that Saltalamacchia is starting for the Bosox today and Kinsler, Andrus, Hamilton and Borbon will be testing his retread shoulder any chance they get.

threefour
threefour

“The n***** is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.” - Che Guevara

Radio Spy
Radio Spy

so let me get this straight:

105.3 the Fail is broadcasting NIT games over the Tardline & Gavin.

lol, goes to show that bruce isn't exactly pleased with 1.5 in pm drive.he knows going to either fox sports radio or broadcasting anything would generate better #s.

rj choppy didnt sign a no compete as the doors of espn will gladly welcome him back after the quick death his morning show will suffer.he is slated to return to his evenings and mavs pre & post for the 2011-2012 season.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm pretty sure you can find plenty of fine, upstanding athletes from backgrounds as equally as pathetic as Dez's who don't create drama as an adult.

There's one right here in town: Caron Butler. Wheels-off childhood but he grew up. Hell of a concept. Don't make excuses for Dez just because he's good at catching a football.

kergo
kergo

Sometimes the "fake" kergo (above) has better points than me.........I couldn't have said it better myself. BTW, when I get on the City of Ate and blast yuppies/indie hipsters/tollway douchers, it is because they eat at places such as the ad on the right here. Yuppies love places with one name, that are trendy, and have "celebrity" bartenders. Just look at that plate! What man could/would eat that? I'd have to go to Whataburger before, and Wendy's after.......sheeeessssh.

Good;baseball, burgers, bera.

Bad:celebrity baretenders, trend finders.

ps-what is a celebrity bartender? maybe I could be a celebrity landscaper?

kergo
kergo

Opening day is here and we get more dez stories from richie than baseball stories. Only more ufc stories could have made this worse?

Richie, what fine dining establishment on Beltline in Addison are you parking your Audi at tonight?

Jim
Jim

All very compelling stuff. But none of this excuses his apparent inability to comprehend that debts should be repaid - a concept that he and his enablers didn't seem to grasp until the legal hammer came down. No sympathy.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

RW,In this case, I don't mind you patting yourself on the back. I reread the article, very good strong buddy. I feel for the kid, and it's sad to day, but without football he'd probably be in prison himself. Keep Dez in your thoughts, heart, and prayers...stay hard Dez.

kergo
kergo

first b's and Mertie!

Chriscarp11
Chriscarp11

if that man wants to spend his money on stuff let him do it

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

He tweeted that he'll be at Buck's Cabaret tonight. That's only about 10 minutes from me. Might go see ol' RW.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Blackfinn, undoubtedly. Oh, wait, Duke's is in Addison too...

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Merten's Molestation...best fantasy baseball team name in this year's league.

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