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Desmond Bryant faces lawsuit in bizarre, drunken incident

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Desmond Bryant lives in a condo in Aventura, Fla. About 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday after a night of drinking on South Beach, police say, Bryant showed up "extremely intoxicated" to a North Miami Beach house.

He thought it was his home, according to the police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

He banged and yelled and even pulled off a door handle as the homeowner tried to keep him out, a lawsuit the family just filed alleges.

The Herald reported on the lawsuit Monday. The Feb. 24 incident, which ended when police arrived and found Bryant still yelling and banging on the door, did not hurt his free-agent value. It did produce a criminal mischief charge and an instantly famous mug shot:

A couple weeks later the 6-6, 300-pound defensive tackle signed a five-year, $34 million deal with the Browns, including $15 million guaranteed.

A 27-year-old Harvard product, Bryant has not commented on the lawsuit. But at his introductory press conference in Cleveland he said: “I obviously made a mistake. I apologize for everything that happened. I feel like I have learned from it and I have moved on from that.”

The lawyer for Isaac Bakar, who was home with his wife and three children when Bryant arrived, told the Herald the family was “terrified” by the sight of Bryant trying to charge his way into the house. The family is receiving counseling for the incident.

“We allege that Mr. Bryant made more than a simple, inconsequential mistake,” attorney Robert Fiore told the paper, “and that Mr. Bryant's conduct has significant legal consequences.”

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