In Speedy Press Conference, Sen. Royce West Says Dez Bryant Did Not "Commit Family Violence"

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Just before 2 p.m. today, the conference room in state senator Royce West's law office looked like a game of journalist Tetris, as some two dozen reporters and ten news cameras crammed around a long table to hear what Dez Bryant had to say about his recent arrest for allegedly attacking his mother, Angela. He's accused of slapping her with his hat, pulling her hair, pushing her in the chest, and striking her on the hands, wrists and arms. She also told police he'd grabbed and ripped her shirt and bra and tried to hit her with a ball. But earlier today, WFAA reported that Angela does not want to pursue the case against her son and has signed an "affidavit of non-prosecution" according to the Dallas County district attorney's spokesperson.

As it turned out, Bryant had nothing at all to say. Nor did his mother. The two filed into the room and sat silently next to West as he read from a prepared statement (which we've reprinted in full below). A staffer had previously warned us that there would be "no questions."

"Although Dez would like to speak to this matter, on the advice of counsel, he will not make any statements at this time," West read. "Did a family disagreement occur? Yes. Did Dez Bryant commit family violence against his mother? No."

West added that the family understands "the serious nature of family violence," and believes that "when all the facts are reviewed" Dez will be cleared of any allegations. As West spoke, Dez looked steadily at him. Angela kept her eyes down, nodding slightly, poker-faced.

"They ask that there not be a rush to judgment concerning their family," West read. "Let me say that again: that there not be a rush to judgment concerning their family. Thank you very much."

West and the Bryants stood up and shuffled back through the crowd of reporters towards the door. It had been six minutes.

"Any word from the Cowboys on this, Dez?" somebody asked. Bryant mumbled that he'd like to comment, but couldn't. With that, the three were gone, and the room erupted in a current of chuckles and a few snorts.

"Anything else we want to address?" somebody else asked, possibly sarcastically, as he looked around at the fast-emptying room.

A few moments ago, Dez sent this important tweet concerning the matter:


Full Statement from Royce West On Behalf Of Dez and Angela Bryant:

Mr. Bryant and his mother, Angela, are appearing here today because they feel it is important to address recent report 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 together 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 any 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 this issue as a family.

Dez and his mother believe this 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.

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13 comments
ceepee
ceepee

I don't understand. Why is a state house senator the mouthpiece of a football player? Are they cousins? Is West his agent? Manager? What? 

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

What is Dez good at?  He's not that great of a receiver, person, mall shopper, driver, son, baby daddy, pants wearer, bill payer

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Ha Ha Suckers - football über alles

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

i think the receiver should be out practicing his routes helping the Cowboys win instead of getting this politician more publicity

Thelisma.Partridge
Thelisma.Partridge

I think the Senator should be addressing the problems he was elected to solve instead of grandstanding for a two-bit hood.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You're a big fucking man, Dez. Couldn't even manage to say one word about it all? Dude's got less character than Two and a Half Men.

bubbabgood2u
bubbabgood2u

If he gets off for this I personally am going to gather a group of people and picket Dallas County for unfair justice.  Just because he is a pro football player does not give him any special privileges.  My son did the same thing with his girlfriend and she tried to drop the charges but the county would not let her.  Said they could not drop the charges because of changes in the law to protect families against abuse.  Now my son has a felony on his record and can not get a decent job or even vote or serve in the military.  Screw DEZ he has gotten into enough trouble and he needs to pay for it like the rest of us.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

The statement should have included :

 

"Subsequent to her son's arrest, Ms. Bryant has become aware of the financial condition of other mothers whose NFL sons' careers were cut short due to legal troubles."

markzero
markzero

 @Thelisma.Partridge I do wonder why the Senator got involved. And why he's the one reading the statement. How come reporters never ask questions like <i>that</i>?

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Maybe if your son's attorney and the DA were neighbors or if the DA spoke as a character witness it your son's mentor's trial.

 

This is more to do with the relationships between West, the DA and Wells than it has to do with him being a Cowboy.  However, if he wasn't a Cowboy, he wouldn't have friends such as West, the DA or Wells.

markzero
markzero

 @Anna_Merlan Ah, thanks. My Google-fu doesn't work when I'm exhausted, apparently. And my comment about reporters was meant to be a response to the perhaps-sarcastic comment you quoted, not a slight against you, sorry :)

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