By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
A promisingly quiet off-season ended Monday for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, as multiple sources confirmed he was arrested by DeSoto police on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
The incident occurred Saturday when police responded to a family violence call in the 800 block of East Pleasant Run, according to reports. Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member. Her injuries did not require hospitalization.
Bryant turned himself in Monday and immediately posted bond. He was unavailable for comment.
Bryant’s attorney, Royce West, said his client turned himself in when Bryant learned there was a warrant out for his arrest and cooperated with police.
No court date has been set, and West said he likely will have more information Tuesday. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail.
Bryant could face punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The Cowboys released a statement through spokesman Rich Dalrymple: "We are in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time."
A Cowboys source said the team was concerned about the incident with Bryant. It goes without saying they are disappointed it happened so close to the start of training camp, which officially begins July 29 in Oxnard, Calif.
Bryant was involved in an altercation outside a Miami nightclub in January with members of the rapper Lil Wayne’s entourage and was detained by police but not arrested.
Since then, it’s been all about football for Bryant, who was seemingly in the midst of his first injury-free and controversy-free off-season since joining the Cowboys as a first-round pick in 2010.
The offseason of 2011 was especially troubling, with three lawsuits filed against Bryant and his being briefly banned from North Park Center Mall after an incident with security.
Owner Jerry Jones offered caution in June when asked about Bryant’s incident-free off-season up to that time, "As soon as you note that, the next morning you’ve got one."