One Down, One To Go for Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant

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Once upon a time Michael Irvin taught me a journalism lesson. Using a trash can for emphasis.

It was back in 1997. The media had descended on Valley Ranch after Irvin's name surfaced in yet a another police report. This time, he and offensive lineman Erik Williams were accused of raping of a stripper named Nina Sharavan.

Tired of being bugged by us dogged, dorky reporters, Irvin sent a message by yelling "When the truth comes out, I want you to report it with the same intensity! The same intensity!!"

With that, he hurled a big trash can at no one in particular and everyone in general as he left the locker room. The lesson? If it's front-page news when someone is accused of a crime, it should also be front-page news when/if they are exonerated.

And now comes the case of another Cowboys receiver, Dez Bryant. The details are different, but some of Irvin's principle argument applies.

Follow me to fairness.

When news surfaced recently that Bryant had more than $800,000 in unpaid bills stemming from the purchases of jewelry and tickets and loans, it was major news. Justifiably so. He's a  high-profile athlete making immature decisions that could affect the success of the Cowboys.

And now that Bryant has paid off some of that debt, it should be reported as well.

Okay, here goes: Bryant has settled one of the two lawsuits against him, reaching a settlement with New York-based A+A Diamonds and Rafaello Company. The jeweler had maintained that Bryant owed it $267,000, including $60,000 for a custom diamond pendant.

Good for him. No, it shouldn't have gottent to this point. But it's never too late to do the right thing, and Bryant deserves credit for paying money he owes.

There remains another debt, one that Colleyville's Eleow Hunt claims is more than $600,000 Bryant hasn't re-paid for jewelry, tickets to sporting events and a personal loan. When it gets settled -- per Irvin -- you'll read about it here.

Here's hoping Bryant is learning some lessons along the way as well.

Fair?

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26 comments
Titus Groan
Titus Groan

"He's a high-profile athlete making immature decisions that could affect the success of the Cowboys."

Actually, the immature decisions only affect him personally. Clearly Dez is gonna be the guy at 45 selling his memorabilia to avoid bankruptcy. And failing. But hey, his money, his decision. Make it rain baby!

Meawhile, Dez or no Dez, the Cowboys will still suck under GM Jerrah.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Hey, I heard it here first.

In other news, "New School" is already giving itself the kiss of death by doing brackets this morning. This type of radio has now been successful in sinking 3 shows on the Fan. I expect more out of Choppy, but it seems he's resigned to the fact that this show is going to fail and he'll be back at ESPN. If I was producing on that show, I'd wait for the Ticket to go to commercial and put out the best programming possible. Who the f*ck wants to listen to you decide who's hated more, Hicks or A-Rod? I could care less. Seriously, I didn't want to do this, but I am now calling your station the FAIL. Took me a while to jump on the bandwagon.

Hey look at me
Hey look at me

I paid my electric bill yesterday...and my mortgage a couple weeks prior to that, oh yeah and I plan to make the car payment in a few days. Shall I just send the details to you RW so you can do a cover story, or do I need to default on those things first then get caught up?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Doing the right thing only happened after he got sued. It's like pleading guilty to a crime--you going to give someone credit for that?

"Good for you, you owned up to manslaughter! Here's some props for admitting you did something you shouldn't have been dumb enough to do in the first place!"

Dez's Unpaid For Bling
Dez's Unpaid For Bling

Richie, I'll have to agree with you. It's never too late to do the right thing. And at the risk of getting my nuts kicked in that's a very "Christian" thing of you to say.

Rooster
Rooster

And in other news....still no one accuses Dez Bryant of being the sharpest tool in the shed....

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I don't care/haven't cared about Dez's bling addiction...let me know how his ankle is doing and when the Cowboy's are going to start their season...he better sit on some of that cash, two babies mamas and atleast two kiddoes cost scratch...every day.

Zach B
Zach B

I agree that you should report someone being acquitted with the same intensity, but heaping praise on someone for doing what they are supposed to do is wrong. As the GREAT Chris Rock once said,

"People always want credit for some shit they supposed to do. A person will brag about some shit a normal man just does. A person will say some shit like, "I take care of my kids." You're supposed to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? "I ain't never been to jail!" What do you want, a cookie?! You're not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker!"

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

RW, that would have been funny six months ago...

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

First, bitches! Eh, gotta tell you. This game ain't near as fun as you guys make it out to look.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

hmmm bracket talk...methinks Ben and Skin did that a couple of years back...on the Fail drivetime programming...twas horrible then, and still is. The Fail 105.3, we don't think outside of the box...because we don't try..our ratings are awesome, just ask us.

Insider
Insider

Richie will be commenting regularly in the disqus area again. He was an Observer meeting last week, drunk, passed out, and his pants pissed.

He was awakened and started hitting on Sam Merten. Something about wanting Mike Modano to put the puck in his pooper.

Richie was warned that if he didn't start taking his job seriously he'd be done.

kergo
kergo

Aahhhhhhh, yes it is! The "first biotches" game is funny and makes me giggle-he he. And, with that, you stoop to our level. Welcome to the club. With that, I may not blast your choice of stories based upon this post. GOOD JOB.

ps-Let's have a good thought for the folks to the west of us battling those fires.

RW's Doppelganger
RW's Doppelganger

Richie Whitt! Please, I beg of you. I got caught up in the grill of a volunteer fire truck. They're heading out to Possum Kingdom to help fight the fires. Come save me before I burn. I love you Richie Whitt. Please Richie Whitt. Don't let me go out like this. We were good together. Right now, I'm at the Volunteer Fire Dept in Decatur. Please?

:(

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I hope Olive Branch didn't burn up in the fires. This is the day he was hoping to live to see.

Rooster
Rooster

My sides! Too funny...

Rob Em
Rob Em

I'm positive he is yelling "Come on me!" in that picture.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Wasn't funny, but is good to see you in the comments...first time long time. Your picture looks like a live version of Rowdy...yelling "Footgoal thingy!"

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

so far I'm counting Ben and Skin, Jagger(twice--once w/Mondo and the redheaded guy, and then a few weeks ago)I'm sure I'm missing another show that's done it that's no longer around. Bracket talk is so weak. Who cares?

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Not sure I understand it, but I'm giggling anyway.

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