Bryant enters 'conditional dismissal' agreement with Dallas District Attorney

Posted Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has entered an agreement with Dallas County prosecutors to complete a year-long counseling program for anger management and other conditions to resolve a misdemeanor family violence charge involving his mother, Angela Bryant.

The charge, stemming from an incident last July, will be dropped if Bryant successfully abides with the “conditional dismissal” agreement, said Debbie Denmon, spokeswoman for Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins.

“We’re hoping that Dez can become a better person and productive citizen," Denmon said Wednesday.

“We thought this was in the best interest of all involved.”

Denmon added that conditional dismissals are commonly used to resolve misdemeanor family violence cases.

“This is not special treatment,” she said. “It actually proves we’re not giving him a slap on the wrist. Or we could have dropped it all together.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Bryant’s case will be reviewed by Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, under its personal conduct policy and could face further discipline from the NFL.

Bryant’s lawyer, Royce West, a state senator from Dallas, said he has yet to address how the league would handle the case. West doesn't expect any additional discipline.

“I would be astonished,” West said. “He hasn’t pled to anything. He hasn’t entered any kind of plea. All he has to do is counseling and stay out of trouble.”

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