A Texas state senator has sued Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant, claiming that he caused more than $60,000 in damages to his DeSoto rental home.
The lawsuit filed by Sen. Royce West described Bryant's treatment of the home in the 1200 block of Regents Park Court from September 2013 through January as "negligent and abusive." [[384123171,C]]
West stated a walk-through of the 6,400-square-foot home "revealed irreparable damage to carpeting, flooring, windows, shutters, and blinds; the presence of animal feces, trash, debris, and personal property inside the residence; and distinct and pervasive odors throughout."
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The lease Bryant signed Aug. 31, 2013, stated that pets were not permitted on the property, according to the lawsuit.
West's attorneys stated that Bryant asked to terminate the lease in January. West asked Bryant to appear at the walk-through of the home in February, but Bryant did not show up. The lawsuit stated that the house was "littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."
Attorneys for West stated that reparations to the home included painting, landscape and removal of carpet. He also claims he had to replace ceiling fans, lighting, windows, doors and the home security system.
West said he sent photographs taken at the walk-through and repair invoices to Bryant in April, requesting reimbursement, but that Bryant did not respond. The lawsuit states that West tried to collect again in May, and was told that Bryant would sue if he made further attempts.
NBC 5 has reached out to the Dallas Cowboys for a comment from Bryant and are awaiting a response.