By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Dallas _ Dez Bryant’s advisor David Wells said the Cowboys rookie receiver has a plan to handle his debts and will be a better person in the near future.
But he acknowledged right now Bryant is in “a dark place.”
Bryant faces three lawsuits. He is being sued for more than $850,0000 for unpaid loans and jewelry and tickets to sporting events purchased on credit
"I talked to him yesterday, and he wants to get past this," Wells told Deion Sanders on ESPN 103.3's Ben & Skin Show. "He wants to get all these deals past him and closure. He's in a dark place in his life. Until you find the light, you're going to continue to be in a dark place."
In a follow up interview with the Star-Telegram, Wells said Bryant had been in Louisiana working out but was supposed to be headed back to Dallas on Wednesday to take care of some business.
Wells said Bryant is young and he will grow from these experiences.
“We talked (Tuesday),” Wells said. “He is good. He has a good game play. You will see a different person in the near future.”
Wells however admits that he and Bryant are frustrated with all the suits and allegations, especially the one from Colleyville businessman Eloew Hunt, who claims Bryant and Wells owe him $600,000 for breach of contract for money, jewelry and tickets to sporting events dating back to January 2009.
Wells disputes the dates of all the transactions, which appear to be NCAA violations because Bryant was in school at Oklahoma State. He said Bryant was suspended when “he got that stuff.”
“I’m frustrated and disappointed with what Eloew did and how he handled the situation,” Wells said. “I’m very disappointed.”
Wells’ disappointment stems from the fact that he and Hunt have a history of doing business together, including dealings with 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones. Wells estimates that he has referred more than $1 million in business to Hunt.
“I have referred the guy $1 million in business or more and I haven’t gotten a dime from that,” Wells said. “Crabtree paid his $580,000 right off the top. I really hate the way Eloew did it.”
Wells said however he will not be deterred in his support of Bryant and will continue to stand by him.
“He is a good kid,” Wells said. ‘I’m going to be with him no matter what.”
Bryant, a first-round draft pick last April, made $2.8 million in base salary and bonuses. He is due a base salary of $1.1 million this season as well as a $1 million roster bonus he will receive after a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Wells said, “The greatest thing in the end is if Dez comes out and does what he has to do in the community, as a father, with the Cowboys organization, then I think he’ll be OK."