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Dez Bryant Close To Plea Bargain In Family Violence Case

Richie Whitt, 105.3 The Fan, CBSDFW.COM
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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN)- Dez Bryant and his attorneys are in the process of negotiating a plea bargain on his August 14 change of domestic violence against his mother that would result in a guilty plea, a Class C misdemeanor, anger-management classes and a $500 fine, sources tell Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan.

But two sources close to Bryant himself tell us there is no agreement between the Dallas Cowboys player and the district attorney’s office and strongly deny that there have been significant negotiations on the matter.

The DeSoto, Texas, police department originally filed a Class A misdemeanor charge against the Cowboys receiver, who turned himself in in mid-August after a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations that he assaulted his mother, Angela Bryant, during an argument at her home.

According to the incident report, Angela Bryant accused her son of grabbing her by the shirt and hair and hitting her in the face with his ball cap.

Bryant, through attorney Royce West, has insisted he is innocent. If he is found guilty of the Class A charge, Bryant, 23, would face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

Even if the third-year player does agree to a plea bargain, he could still be subject to a fine or suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Bryant advisor David Wells has explained to 105.3 The Fan that the so-called “Dez Rules’’ of conduct were designed by the Bryant camp in part as a way to eventually demonstrate to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell the willingness of Bryant to stay within behavioral boundaries.

Bryant is off to a good on-field start, with four catches for 85 yards in Dallas’ season-opening win at the New York Giants.

Following the game, Bryant offered his first expanded public comments since the arrest, calmly crediting teammates with his success. “If I’m going to be put out there with Tony Romo, Witten and Miles Austin, I got to know what the hell I’m doing,” Bryant said. “I felt like I dedicated myself to do that. Not only that, I had help from Tony, I had help from Miles, Wit, the rest of the guys. I felt like it helped me out a lot and I learned a lot, and I’m going to keep it moving.”

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