Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he’s sticking by teammate Dez Bryant despite the wide receiver’s off-season legal troubles.
“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back,” Romo told ESPN Dallas. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him. Dez knows that I’m going to stick up for him.”
Bryant, 23, surrendered to police Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations that he assaulted his mother, Angela Bryant, during an argument at her home.
The Dallas County, Texas district attorney’s office is reviewing a DeSoto police department’s decision to file a Class A misdemeanor charge against Bryant.
“None of us are directly involved in what’s going on in his life,” Romo said. “So everyone, the speculation, the articles and things that are written are just people that are guessing. And they’re going to have their opinions based on it but no one knows exactly the way that Dez grew up, the way that things have shaped his life and his difficulties.”
Angela Bryant accused her son of grabbing her by the shirt and hair, hitting her in the face with his cap, striking her repeatedly in the hands and wrists, and pushing her in the chest.
Here’s the 911 call:
“Stuff happens and we all wish that certain things wouldn’t, and I know that he’s going to try to make sure in the future those things don’t happen again,” Romo said. “But friends and your teammates don’t leave you during those moments. They come back and they tell you that we’re here for you. Our football team is a close-knit team, and these moments should show that.”
Bryant had 108 receptions for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns during his two years with the Cowboys. But he’s had his share of off-field problems.
In 2009, he was suspended for the last 10 games of his junior season at Oklahoma State for lying to NCAA investigators.
As a result of this latest incident, Bryant faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
He’s also subject to a fine or suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.