Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is facing misdemeanor charges after being accused of attacking his mother during an argument, according to police.
Angela Bryant, 37, called 911 on July 14 saying that the National Football League player hit her during an argument, DeSoto Police Department Captain Ron Smith said today in a telephone interview.
The 23-year-old wide receiver turned himself in to police yesterday in the Dallas suburb after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Smith said. If convicted of the family violence misdemeanor, Bryant could face a maximum of one year in county prison and a several thousand dollar fine, according to the police.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple declined to comment on the allegations. Royce West, Bryant’s attorney, didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.
Bryant wasn’t at the house when police arrived after the 911 call, according to Smith. There were no visible bruises on his mother’s body when police initially arrived, but a follow-up yesterday revealed swelling on her face and arms, he said.
Bryant posted $1,500 bond, Smith said. The police department expects to finish its investigation and hand it to a prosecutor this week.
Picked by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant was second on the team in catches (63), yards receiving (928) and touchdowns (nine) last season. He also returns punts.
Bryant was ruled ineligible halfway through his junior year at Oklahoma State University after lying to the National Collegiate Athletic Association about spending time with former NFL player Deion Sanders. Last year he was sued for non-payment of more than $800,000 worth of jewelry, loans and tickets to sporting events, according to ESPN.