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Dez Bryant arrested on misdemeanor family violence charge

Another day, another arrest in the NFL offseason. This time it’s troublemaker Dez Bryant getting cuffed.

The Cowboys receiver was arrested on misdemeanor family violence charges in DeSoto, Texas on Monday, according to WFAA.

When contacted by WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez, Bryant did not talk about the incident and only provided this earth-shattering quote: “I’m good, I’m good.”

It’s too early to know the severity of the incident and what role Bryant played, but it’s not too early to conclude that this guy is a trouble magnet.

Let’s do the list:

If you look at each item individually, it’s not a horrible rap sheet, and certainly nothing close to getting a DUI or threatening to kill someone. But it’s still not a good look and just signifies a lack of maturity and stability.

We still think Dez Bryant can be a good receiver for the Cowboys despite the problems, but he’s providing unnecessary distractions for the team.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys’ coaches need to do better job of getting Dez Bryant the ball late in games

Dez Bryant was an impact player for the Cowboys last season, but his stats tended to drop off later in games. That fact became a sore subject among Cowboys fans, and it resulted in criticism from a former franchise legend.

While many people including Dez believe that conditioning or injuries played a big role in the receiver’s lack of production later in games, Jerry Jones has another idea.

“I don’t know that [injuries] impacted some of the things that he needs to work on, and we need to work on as a coaching staff to get him the ball and get him into plays,” Jones said according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “When he would lose concentration in the last part of the game, I don’t know if that was because of conditioning. I suspect it could’ve been. That’s not be critical, but I suspect that, rather the injury had anything to do with that or not, those are the things that we’re working on so he can be more impactful in the latter part of the game, and we can do the kinds of things we need to do to get him the ball.”

While Jones’ idea is interesting, he has to be cautious about trying to hard to get Bryant the ball. Quarterbacks are generally at their best when they’re finding the open man rather than forcing it to a specific receiver. Dez Bryant didn’t do as much late in games because he would burn teams early, and they would respond by defending him more carefully. It also didn’t help that Miles Austin got hurt, allowing defenses to focus on Bryant even more.

Being healthy will be a huge factor in Bryant’s stats and impact improving; forcing him the ball is not the answer. As long as he is healthy, Michael Irvin’s prediction could come true.

Michael Irvin Says Dez Bryant Will Be the Best Receiver in the NFL

Dez Bryant is widely considered to be one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. As a first-round pick, he has been somewhat disappointing. The Cowboys expected Bryant to have an immediate impact on their offense and he has done just that — when he plays. A combination of injuries and mental check-outs in the second half of games have resulted in Bryant being an underachiever. Former Cowboys receiver and current Hall of Famer Michael Irvin believes Bryant will get it together. When he does, Irvin thinks he’ll be tough to stop.

“I thought Dez made great strides this year on the football field,” Irvin said according to the Dallas Morning News, noting that the third-year receiver will have to work on his conditioning. “He has a lot of room to continue to grow, but he made great strides. When Dez really locks it all in, understands it, Dez will be the best receiver in the NFL.”

Irvin didn’t say “one of the best,” he said “the best.”  We already know who his favorite NFL receiver was this past season, and it wasn’t the guy who will likely stand in the way of Irvin’s prediction Bryant prediction over the next several years.  That guy I’m referring to is Calvin Johnson.  Megatron is only three years older than Dez, and he is already one of the best — if not the best — receivers in the game.  With a young quarterback in Matthew Stafford who continues to improve, he’ll be tough to dethrone as the NFL’s best receiver over the next five years or so.

On a separate note, the Cowboys are likely thankful Irvin decided to provide some words of encouragement for their young star.  As we saw earlier in the season, some of Dallas’ former wide-outs haven’t exactly been supportive of Bryant.

Dez Bryant Says He Does Not Have a Problem with Lil’ Wayne

We can stop worrying now.  I know everyone was extremely concerned when we informed you early Thursday morning that Dez Bryant was reportedly involved in an altercation with rapper Lil’ Wayne and his entourage.  Rumor had it Weezy’s boys were making fun of Bryant’s financial issues.  Shame on them.  In any event, Bryant says there is no issue and wants people to stop talking about it.

“Let’s quit with the false stories now….me and this man don’t have a problem with one another lol,” Bryant tweeted on Thursday according to NBCDFW.com.

But wait — a trip over to Bryant’s Twitter page will tell you that the tweet has since been deleted.  It was just an assumption to begin with that Bryant was talking about Lil’ Wayne, but the fact that he deleted the tweet makes the situation a little more puzzling.

Does he have a problem with Weezy and his people after all?  Is there some sort of potential lawsuit that resulted in Dez being advised to remove the tweet.  Did the big bad commish order him to ignore the reports rather than responding to them?  Maybe Bryant should try to sue Lil’ Wayne.  Weezy has plenty of money, and it sounds like Dez could use some help paying off his debts.

H/T The Dallas Morning News

Dez Bryant Reportedly Involved in Fight with Lil’ Wayne’s Entourage

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Dez Bryant got into some trouble recently.

Yes, the Cowboys receiver was detained by police (though not charged or arrested) after getting into an altercation at LIV night club inside the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach Sunday. Now here’s the fun part. Several sources, including the Star-Telegram, report that Dez’s fight was with rapper Lil’ Wayne’s entourage.

Weezy’s crew apparently was chiding Dez over the receiver’s notorious financial issues, including a debt he was nearly served for last month.

Knowing how Weezy rolls, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were just upset with Dez over a snub at a Cowboys game.

Really, there doesn’t seem to have been any harm done, except we’re seeing more and more that Dez Bryant is a headcase who seems to have trouble avoiding problems.

Dez Bryant Is a Tim Tebow Fan, Receives Heat from Cowboys Fans

The sports world can be explained by the answer to one simple question: pro-Tebow or anti-Tebow. You either are a fan or you aren’t; there’s no in between. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant improbably falls under the former category, and that apparently isn’t sitting too well with Dallas fans.

“I wonder how all the people who criticize Tebow feel? #stupid lol,” he tweeted late Sunday.

Then he started to hear it from the haters.

“I guess all the people who are mad in my mentions are #Tebowhaters..everybody can say what they want about his QB skills he is #Winning … Much respect to Tim Tebow keep doing your thing.”

You might be surprised how many supporters in the sports community Tebow has. For all the people who want to see him fail, there are just as many athletes who support him.

As long as Dez isn’t worried about losing street cred — and by repping Team Tebow there’s a lot to be surrendered — then he shouldn’t worry about the backlash. Twitter is a dangerous place to be when Tim Tebow is playing.

Warren Moon: Justin Blackmon is Dez Bryant with All of His Brain Cells

Considering they both played at Oklahoma State, are wide receivers, and dominated the game of college football, comparisons between Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon are unavoidable. The Cowboys selected Bryant with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and Blackmon is sure to go in the first round this April — likely somewhere close to the top-10. While most of the comparisons between the two have come in the form of flattery, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon offered an opinion on Thursday that was a bit more offensive if you’re Bryant.

“(Justin Blackmon is) a beast, isn’t he?” Moon said during an interview with 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle. “He’s like Dez Bryant with all his brain cells. He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. Hes a much better route-runner than Dez Bryant and a very tremendous talent.”

Is there room for Bryant to improve?  Plenty. Have there been questions about his motivation and level of focus? Quite a few. That being said, Bryant caught 63 passes for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns this season for the Cowboys.  He has been known to shut it down when things aren’t going well, but he still managed to haul in 15 touchdowns in two seasons and is only 23 years old.

Bryant has not yet played like the No. 1 receiver Dallas drafted him to be, but there is still plenty of time for him to emerge as that guy.  We know Moon has a bias against wide receivers based on some of the comments he’s made in the past, so it makes sense that he would be quick to judge Dez.  At this point it looks like he may be right about Blackmon being a better talent, but we all know what can happen when a player makes the jump to the NFL.  Let’s give it a couple seasons before calling Bryant a bust and calling Blackmon Calvin Johnson.

Forearm bash to Game On! for sharing the interview with us