Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant arrested for assaulting lesbian mother

Dez Bryant in his jail booking photo

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.

—  John Wright

Cowboys draft pick Dez Bryant gay-bashes his loving mom with the help of The Morning News

Angela Bryant used to drive eight hours from Lufkin, Texas, to Stillwater, Okla., to watch her son Dez Bryant’s games when he was a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma State University. She once took an 18-hour bus ride to see Dez play his first college game in Georgia.

Now that Dez is a top NFL prospect, what does his loving mother get in return? Well, for one, she gets the privelege of being gay-bashed by Dez with the help of The Dallas Morning News. In this column published last week, DMN columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor repeatedly states that Dez Bryant had to overcome his mother’s decision to “change” her sexual orientation.

According to Cyd Ziegler Jr. at  Outsports.com, the original version of Taylor’s column used the term “sexual preference,” until Ziegler contacted The DMN and got them to replace it with “sexual orientation.” Of course, the column still uses the word “change,” so what’s the difference? Ziegler said he found it “shocking” that the sports staff at a major daily newspaper wouldn’t know better than to use “sexual preference,” but for those of us who read The DMN regularly, this isn’t at all surprising. Anyhow, back to Dez Bryant, who had this to say about his mom being a lesbian:

“I didn’t like it. Really, I still don’t,” he said. “I dealt with it and now I’m comfortable with it.”

First of all, who gives a shit what a football prospect thinks about something like this? It’s totally irrelevant, and sadly it appears as though The DMN and Dez are trying to use Angela’s sexual orientation as an excuse for his problems (Dez Bryant was once  suspended in college for lying to NCAA officials).

Who knows, maybe Bryant was worried that Angela’s sexual orientation would hurt his draft prospects, and he felt the need to solidify his anti-gay credentials. Maybe it paid off when the Cowboys selected Bryant with the 25th overall pick in the draft two days later.

It’s a shame, though, because it’s actually a great story. Angela gave birth to Dez when she was only 15, and she later served time in jail for selling crack cocaine. But Dez, who has no relationship with his father, has managed to overcome his tumultuous childhood to succeed on the field, and in the process he’s managed to mend his relationship with his mom. It’s a great story that The New York Times actually did two years ago, and it’s a shame that Dez and The DMN had to go and ruin it.

—  John Wright