Steve Lemonds, NBCDFW.com
It wouldn't be a proper Cowboys offseason without people getting mad at Dez Bryant.
The latest kerfuffle surrounding Bryant stems from a lawsuit alleging that the second-year wideout neglected to pay two jewelers for items totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bryant apparently admitting to owing money for some of the jewelry, the problem is that his signature on that admission was allegedly forged. The Dallas Morning News has more:
Bryant is alleged to have had someone forge his signature on legal documents regarding a case with a Colleyville jeweler that is reportedly still owed more than $600,000 from the second-year receiver.
"What is clear is that Mr. Bryant did not sign it. The game he is playing in this case has to stop," Beth Ann Blackwood, the jeweler's attorney said to WFAA.
In case you're wondering what $600,000 can buy you at the jewelry store (or not buy you, should you decide to walk away from the bill), you should know that Tiffany has a lovely yellow sapphire butterfly diamond necklace that retails for just over $150K, so you could snag four of those. One for each mistress!
Obviously, Dez Bryant's problems ended up being of little consequence last season, when he became easily the best rookie wideout in football before busting his ankle.
His dustup with Roy Williams was forgiven and forgotten by then, and it's fair to assume that no one will care about Bryant's alleged monetary flakiness if he tears it up again this season.
But it's clear now that, when it comes to Bryant, there will ALWAYS be some kind of side annoyance. He's demonstrated a clear willingness to join the "talented but aggravating" fraternity of wideouts that includes Chad Ochocinco and every other player that makes Mark Schlereth's head go ouchie.
It's not gonna impact Bryant's on field potential, but it's always gonna be THERE, always around to remind you, "Hey! This guy can get a little bit turdy!" And you never want to see that happen with players you're trying to root for.
Dez Bryant's gonna be great. But he may not let you enjoy it all that much.
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