DA won't drop domestic charge against Dez Bryant

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and JOE TRAHAN

WFAA

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 11:18 PM

DeSOTO – Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he will not drop the charge against Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant related to a July incident where his mother alleged he assaulted her. 

Bryant’s mother, Angela Bryant, called DeSoto Police on July 16 and said her son tore her shirt, pulled her hair, grabbed her and threw a weighted ball at her. 

An arrest affidavit later said the second-year receiver “grabbed his mother by her hair and hit her across the face with his ball cap and repeatedly struck her in the hands and wrists.”

Bryant was charged with Class A family violence, a misdemeanor. He surrendered the afternoon of the alleged attack.

Sources say Bryant will have to undergo domestic violence counseling and participate in community service. Sources say the District Attorney’s office has spoken with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys organization –– both have been “involved” in these discussions, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Speaking from the Valley Ranch locker room, Bryant denied the report, saying nothing has changed in the case. Sen. Royce West, a member of Bryant's legal team, says no plea agreement has been reached. He would not, however, rule out the possibility of his client accepting one in the future. 

He maintains that the receiver did not assault his mother.

The maximum punishment for the misdemeanor domestic violence charge was up to a year in prison and a fine.  

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