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November 15, 2012

With incident resolved, Dez Bryant to stay focused on being great person and great football player

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Irving _ Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant expressed relief and satisfaction that the ugly incident involving his mother has finally been resolved and he can move forward.

“I just feel better man, that it’s done and it’s over with,” Bryant said in the locker room a day after his attorney Royce West signed off on a conditional dismissal agreement with the Dallas County District Attorney.

If Bryant completes one-year of anger management classes and stays out of trouble for a year, the misdemeanor family violence charge will be dismissed.

“I am extremely excited we came to an agreement, and I’m just going to do what I need with my teammates, to be a great teammate, a great person and a great player as well, Bryant said. “I’m excited. I’m just ready to stay focused on football and you known, um, play some great football.”

The case puts Bryant in the cross hairs of the NFL's personal conduct policy and commissioner Roger Goodell. He could be line for further discipline not just by the Dallas County district attorney but the NFL if doesn't complete his year incident free.

Bryant said he's not worried about that because he has no plans on getting in trouble.

He was already undergoing anger management classes and has a security detail with him whenever he goes out _ as stipulated his attorney Royce West and agent Eugene Parker.  

What he's most excited about is the burden it lifts off his shoulders, allowing him to focus mainly on football and being the best player he can be.

Bryant has caught 45 passes for 590 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 but his season has been tainted by inconsistent play, dropped passes and a few busted routes.

After having the first injury free off season for the first time in his career, Bryant had hoped to have a breakout season but that was tainted in July when he was arrested for assaulting his mother Angela Bryant, a week before the starting of training camp.

Bryant went silent and didn't talk to the media until after the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants. And then it was only about football _ until Thursday when he spoke about the case for the first time.

 “It bothered me a little bit," Bryant said. "It’s over now. I feel comfortable and I’m ready to stay focused on this football and keep my mind on that and nothing else. I feel I'm back to being Dez. I'm playing free.”

 

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