If Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant completes a yearlong anger management program and otherwise stays out of trouble, the Dallas County district attorney’s office will not pursue a misdemeanor family violence case involving his mother, the DA’s office said Wednesday, Bill Miller and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The process is called “conditional dismissal,” said Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.
It’s commonly used to resolve misdemeanor family violence cases, she said.
“This is not special treatment,” she said. “It actually proves we’re not giving him a slap on the wrist. Or we could have dropped it altogether.
“We’re hoping that Dez can become a better person and productive citizen.”
The agreement requires Bryant, 24, not to get arrested again.
On July 14, Bryant’s mother, Angela Bryant, called 911 to report that her son had hit her across the face with a ball cap, pulled her hair, torn her shirt and bra, and repeatedly struck her hands and wrists when she tried to push him away, according to records released by DeSoto police.
She could be heard on a 911 tape saying that her son “tried to kill me.”
Police issued a Class A misdemeanor warrant for assault with bodily injury against Bryant, who surrendered two days later.