The mother of Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has told authorities that she does not wish to pursue criminal charges against her son, who last week was arrested for misdemeanor family assault for allegedly hitting her in the face with his cap.
A Dallas County district attorney’s spokeswoman says the case DeSoto police filed against Bryant includes an affidavit of non-prosecution from the complainant. The affidavit means the complainant doesn’t want to proceed.
Police in the southern Dallas suburb arrested Bryant last week after a July 14 incident in which he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, across the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says Bryant grabbed his mother by her T-shirt, causing her bra to tear.
Prosecutors haven’t said whether they will pursue the case. Bryant is accused of misdemeanor family violence.
According to the incident report, Bryant became angry when his mother asked him to leave her home during an argument Saturday afternoon. Initially, DeSoto police captain Ron Smith said Bryant slapped his mother in the face. But the police report, which was released later, clarified that Bryant allegedly grabbed her by her T-shirt and hair and “hit her across the face with his ball cap.”
Angela Bryant, whose T-shirt and bra were allegedly torn during the incident, indicated on the 911 call that this was not the first time she was assaulted by her son.
“I can’t keep letting him do this,” said Angela Bryant, who made the call from the nearby home of family friend and adviser David Wells. “I can’t keep letting him do me like this. I’m tired. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m going to put an end to it today. I’m tired.”
Officers who responded to the 911 call from Bryant’s mother did not observe any injuries and she did not complain of pain at the time, according to the report. On Monday, after officers contacted Bryant’s mother at her home, the report states that she said she had pain in her wrists, hands and arms. Officers observed swelling around her wrists at that time, according to the report.
After being transported to the DeSoto police department, Angela Bryant, 37, provided a written statement detailing the alleged assault. According to the report, she stated that Dez Bryant repeatedly struck her in the hands and wrists. Officers observed bruising on both arms. She also complained that her chest was sore from Bryant pushing her.
Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member.
“It’s pretty straightforward,” Smith said. “Him and his mom got in an argument. She had some injuries. We made an arrest.”