The attorney for Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant asked prosecutors Tuesday not to pursue charges against his client, who was arrested after allegedly attacking his mother during an argument, the Associated Press reports.
“Did a family disagreement occur? Yes,” attorney Royce West said. “Did Dez Bryant commit family violence against his mother? No.”
Police arrested Bryant on July 16, two days after his mother, Angela Bryant, called 911 to complain her son was assaulting her. Authorities said they found her with a swollen wrist and thumb and bruising on her upper arms. Angela Bryant allegedly told authorities Dez Bryant hit her in the face with his ball cap and tore her shirt.
On a 911 tape released by authorities, Angela Bryant is heard saying that she wanted to “put an end to it.”
“I can’t keep letting him do this,” she said on the tape.
Angela Bryant has since submitted an affidavit asking prosecutors not to pursue the case. Family violence is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Bryant sat next to his mother at a press conference that lasted about two minutes. Neither spoke or took questions.
“I would love to make a statement, but I can’t,” Dez Bryant said as he left. “I can’t.”