DALLAS (AP/CBSDFW.COM) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant found himself at the wrong end of the law for not properly covering his hind end Saturday.
Bryant and three of his friends were ejected from the NorthPark shopping center Saturday after a dispute between Bryant and two off-duty officers over the men sagging their pants below their hips, exposing their underwear.
A Tuesday police statement says officers working off-duty Saturday as security at NorthPark encountered Bryant and three companions wearing the drooping pants.
When the officers asked the four to pull up their trousers, Bryant launched into a profanity-laced tirade. According to the statement, when confronted, Bryant told officers. “What the ****, you stopped me like I stole something.” That prompted the officers to escort the four from the mall.
Police say Bryant refused to leave, however, until his “representative” could arrive and he parked in a fire lane until a friend arrived and persuaded him to go.
No charge was filed, but a Miscellaneous Incident Report was filed.
Bryant’s agent, Eugene Parker, declined to comment. The Dallas Cowboys did not respond to requests for comment.
The city of Dallas is no stranger to controversy surrounding sagging pants. Mayor Dwaine Caraway, serving as mayor pro-tem at the time, tried to pass an ordinance against it in 2007. Ultimately the city decided not to pursue the ordinance, citing constitutional issues.
Update 3/23/11 8:30am:
According to information posted on Dez Bryant’s Twitter account – he is not banned and will be “Headed to North Park tomorrow to get these Lebrons….I am not banned from North park lol”
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