July 18, 2012- Wide receiver Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys was arrested on Monday after he allegedly hit his mother in the arms and face and pushed her during an argument between the two. Bryant now faces misdemeanor charges for family violence that could find him spending up to one full year in prison and paying a $4,000 fine.
On Saturday, Bryant’s mother Angela, called 911 and reported that her son had assaulted her, said police in the city of DeSoto, Texas. Police Captain Ron Smith said Bryant’s mother had a swollen thumb and wrist, along with bruising on the upper part of her arms. She told the police who arrived that her son had forcefully pushed away her arms after she had grabbed a hold of his shirt.
Police allege that Bryant also hit Ms. Bryant on her face and pushed hard on her chest. The police said they were not aware of what the full extent of the injuries were and what the reason for the assault was.
Bryant, who is 23, went to police on Monday and turned himself in. He had learned that an arrest warrant had been issued in his name by police. He spent a few hours with police and then was released without speaking to any of the detectives handling the investigation. Royce West, his attorney, said that Bryant also had to post $1,500 bond.
Smith said his office would send the case to prosecutors in Dallas sometime late in the week.