Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who announced two years ago that he doesn’t like the fact that his mother Angela is gay, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her over the weekend in DeSoto, The Dallas Morning News reports:
Bryant, 23, was arrested late Monday on a misdemeanor charge of assault.
Police say Bryant grabbed his mother by the wrist, slapped her across the face and pulled her hair during an argument Saturday. It was unclear what the argument was about.
News of the arrest came Monday, but police weren’t saying who Bryant was accused of attacking.
Bryant turned himself in to police on Monday and was released on $1,500 bond before sundown.
Two years ago, after he was drafted by the Cowboys, The Morning News published a column about Bryant in which he explained his reaction upon learning in high school that his mom is gay:
Mother and son don’t believe in secrets. Honesty, even if it hurts, is the foundation of their relationship.
That’s how they worked through Angela’s change in sexual preference. Dez was in high school when he learned his mother was no longer interested in romantic relationships with men.
“I didn’t like it. Really, I still don’t,” he said. “I dealt with it and now I’m comfortable with it.”
Angela broached the topic with him because she didn’t want her sexuality creating a wedge between them.
“It hurt me that it hurt him. I’m very happy about the relationship that we have,” Angela said. “I wasn’t close with my parents, so it’s important for me to be close with my kids.
In today’s edition, The DMN recounts some of Bryant’s other problems since he joined the Cowboys, including a trespass warning for sagging pants at NorthPark Center, a lawsuit from a jeweler who claimed he didn’t pay for merchandise, an altercation at a nightclub, and suspension of his driver’s license for excessive traffic tickets.
We have no idea whether the argument that led to the assault had anything to do with Angela’s sexual orientation. But given his other behavior and past statements, it would hardly be surprising.