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Report: Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was arrested after pushing his mother

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
It's the first arrest for Bryant. (US PRESSWIRE)

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested Monday for misdemeanor domestic violence charges. At the time, there wasn't much in the way of details beyond that, and Bryant would only tell WFAA-TV that "I'm good, I'm good."

According to an ESPNDallas.com report, Bryant was in an argument with his half-brother and ended up pushing his mother, Angela. The incident allegedly happened on Saturday night and though police were called at that time, no arrests were made. "Further examination of the reports resulted in Monday's arrest," a source told ESPNDallas.com.

NFL.com obtained a copy of the Desoto Police report, which alleges that Bryant "got upset during a verbal argument and grabbed mother by her shirt and hair and hit her in the face with ball cap."

The Cowboys issued the obligatory statement on the matter: "We are in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time."

The domestic violence charge is a Class A misdemeanor that could result in a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Bryant, the team's first-round pick in 2010, may also be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy, which could lead to a suspension if commissioner Roger Goodell thinks the receiver, who has previously had run-ins with authorities (but hasn't been arrested), isn't doing enough to stay out of trouble.

The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin suggests that the Cowboys shouldn't wait around for the league to weigh in on Bryant.

"It's time the Cowboys let Bryant know this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated. Suspend him and let him have a month to experience life without football and a paycheck," Gosselin wrote Monday evening. "Maybe he'll understand what a privilege it is playing in the NFL. If not, cut him. Let him take his baggage elsewhere. Goodbye and good riddance."

Bryant's attorney, State Senator Royce West, plans to meet with police Tuesday to discuss the charges against his client.

“He feels bad about having to find out that a warrant was out and having to turn himself in, but I know that we're going to be cooperating with law enforcement to bring this thing to closure,” West told WFFA-TV. “He's kind of down right now. The reality is, we haven't heard a lot about Dez Bryant at all since the season.”

CBSSports.com's Josh Katzowitz noted Monday night that while this is Bryant's first arrest, he's had his share of off-field issues. There was the reported feud with Lil Wayne's crew in Miami in January, the $50,000 he owed a high-end micro-finance company (though he supposedly paid that off), the whole low-hanging-pants-at-the-mall misunderstanding, debts of some $600,000 to a ticket broker and jeweler, and one-time mentor Deion Sanders publicly blasting him for his inability to avoid trouble.

A Cowboys source told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. that the team was concerned about Bryant's lastest incident. Hill also pointed to comments last month from owner Jerry Jones, who was asked about Bryant's trouble-free offseason. "As soon as you note that, the next morning you've got one."

Yep, it appears so.

While most of the Cowboys' offseason has focused (unfairly, some might say) on Tony Romo, the reality is this: if Dallas is going to be successful in 2012, it'll be because the players around Romo had big years (Jones has been saying that since January). And that includes Bryant.

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