Dez Bryant Skipped Autograph Signing, Said Father Had Heart Attack
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has had a tough run since college. He was ruled ineligible in his junior season at Oklahoma State for lying to the NCAA about his dealings with Deion Sanders, his former mentor who is no longer advising him. Bryant has had several issues with paying back debts, he reportedly was kicked out of a mall for wearing baggy pants, and he was a disrespectful rookie during training camp. The latest charge against him should not surprise you.
The Dallas Observer reports that Dez Bryant skipped an autograph signing in Atlantic City which he agreed to attend. Dez reportedly was set to make around $10,000 to sign autographs for two hours at the Collectors Showcase of America last month in New Jersey. His deal was pretty sweet too. According to the report, Bryant was to receive round-trip flights for himself and two others, three hotel rooms in Edison, an 80-mile limo ride to Atlantic City and two hotel rooms there, including a luxury suite.
When Bryant arrived at the airport for his departing flight, he called the liaison and began complaining about the deal. Then he said he couldn’t make it because he had to go to Houston to visit his father who just had a heart attack.
We have no confirmation whether Bryant was telling the truth, but a week later he tweeted “Going to Houston tx tomorrow to visit my dad in the hospital for Fathers Day….can’t wait to see him.” If that didn’t happen, then Dez certainly went to lengths to cover up his lie.
Maybe he was calling from the airport to ask about financial terms of the deal to see if it was worth backing out. Perhaps he figured he’d show up if he were being paid a significant amount, but maybe for just $10,000 he preferred to be with his father.
Who knows what happened?
If Dez’s father did have a heart attack and he didn’t want to go, then he should have taken more steps to notify the people with whom he had the deal. He should have made more of an effort to make up for his no-show.