Report: Cowboys have ‘particular interest’ in Dez Bryant Walmart incident
As the sports media world scrambles to figure out if some sort of video involving Dez Bryant doing something very bad exists, we are hearing more details about an incident that reportedly involved Bryant in a Wal-Mart parking lot back in 2011.
On Wednesday evening, Pro Football Talk reported that the alleged footage may have been recorded on a Wal-Mart surveillance camera. On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network uncovered an incident report that involves an officer responding to an “unknown disturbance” at a Lancaster, Texas Wal-Mart in July 2011. You can see the actual report here.
According to police, an unknown person alerted officers that a black female was “being dragged from one vehicle to another vehicle” by a black male. The vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes Benz, was registered to Bryant.
A Wal-Mart security guard told police that when he arrived at the scene the Mercedes door was still open and a child’s toy was on the ground. Two men then pulled up in a Cadillac Escalade — also registered to Bryant — and said they received a call from the alleged victim asking them to pick up “her” Mercedes. A Bentley then showed up in the parking lot with Bryant and the alleged victim inside.
The alleged victim told police she had an argument with a man named Alex Penson and that she was not assaulted or harmed in any way. She claimed she was dropped off at a friend’s house after the argument in the parking lot and that Bryant came to the friend’s house to pick her up. Police then let everyone go without making any arrests or filing any charges.
While it doesn’t sound like Bryant was directly involved, Rapoport notes that the Cowboys have taken “particular interest” in the incident and have known about it for a while.
Of course, someone could be lying. If the Wal-Mart surveillance video is the bombshell video everyone is talking about and the story police were told that day is true, Bryant would have nothing to worry about. If police were lied to, the story could get more interesting.
Perhaps the most interesting rumor we have heard involves Bryant allegedly being blackmailed over the video. If the hush money his old agent was supposedly paying had something to do with the Wal-Mart tape, Bryant did more than just come to the aid of a friend in distress.