As everyone knows, Dez Bryant was recently arrested for assault/family violence, which in is his case was a class “A” misdemeanor. It could have been worse, but it wasn’t good news. Rest assured that the NFL office is already looking into what happened. Chances are, Dez will be suspended, which is not the way Coach Garrett wanted to start the season. It is very possible that Dez could reach some type of plea agreement with the DA’s office and receive some type of probation. As a former police officer, I have heard of worse-sounding cases receiving probation. So long as Dez is not on probation from any previous case he should be just fine. If I were the Cowboys, I would sooner than later invest in some anger management classes for Bryant, and I do mean now before camp starts. By doing this, the Cowboys are out front of the NFL, showing that the Cowboys are taking this arrest serious. Which they should.
I have not met Dez nor his family so I do not want to speculate on his family life, I will leave that for others. What I would tell Dez is this: you need to take the lead on this and manage your anger and whatever drives it. Be the first in and speak with Mr. Jones (he thought enough of you to draft you) so you can help him help you. After 28 years as a cop, I know that rarely is there just one episode of family violence; sometimes there are multiple family violence calls before something catastrophic happens.
On the field, Dez is a “game changer”. I have not seen a receiver as young as Dez that had the skills that he already possesses. It doesn’t matter who is covering Bryant, he can beat you when you least expect it. Opposing defenses will have to plan for Bryant, for Austin and Witten, and who ever our #3 receiver will be. You can only cover so many people. You guess wrong you will get burned, and count on it, it will happen. It is very unfortunate that this incident happened when it did, the Cowboys seemed to be looking great heading into camp later this month. This incident will not prevent the Cowboys from being better than last years 8-8 team. It doesn’t help, but we can’t speculate what the real damage will be until the league issues the penalty. Either way, the Pokes will be just fine.
I do believe that the Cowboys will be happy with whoever they select for the number 3 receiver, the only problem is NOT KNOWING what the Commissioner is going to do and how many games will Dez be suspended. I want to say minimum of 3 games with a max of 6 or anything in between. The league is going to be cracking down on players with the “conduct detrimental to the team offenses”. You can count on it, and that is exactly how it should be.
Well, as I said, all will be just fine with Dez Bryant. Recently Mrs Angela Bryant signed a “”Non prosecution affidavit”. Being in law enforcement for 27 plus years, I will be able to explain the process of the “Non prosecution affidavit”. What happens is the victim does not want to continue with the case, at which point she must explain in writing that he/she does not want to proceed with criminal charges. Also, he/she must indicate that they have not been intimidated, or promised anything in return for deciding to drop charges. However, in Texas, in family violence cases, just because the alleged victim has decided to drop charges does mean that the district attorney’s office will not proceed with the case.
Once the case is at the DA’s office, it will be the decision of the district attorney to decide if the case is dismissed or not. My experience is that the decision is based a lot on the accused’s history. In Bryant’s case, I am not aware of any previous family violence arrest against Dez, which will bode well for him. They may recommend anger management classes or some type of counseling for both mother and son. I am not sure what will happen in Dez’s case, but I would guess the DA may honor the non-prosecution affidavit. That’s just my opinion.
In closing, I would like to say, let’s try not to judge Dez to harshly, no one really knows the WHOLE story, this incident just did not fester to this point over night. It will take some time to heal, and the Bryant family needs to heal, there is no doubt about it. In the heat of the moment, this incident could happen to anyone, I have seen it.
This team needs Dez Bryant, he is a critical part of returning the Cowboys back to where they belong, that is back to the Super Bowl.