On Sunday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys had some "concerns" over Dez Bryant's off-the-field behavior, and he cited a handful of times the cops were called to Bryant's house. Surely the team's airing of these concerns had nothing at all to do with the fact that the star wide receiver is about to hit free agency.
Here's what Rapoport reported:
"I went to the DeSoto (Texas) City Police Department. I found six instances of police coming to Dez Bryant's house — that's where he lives, in DeSoto. Among the incidents — and none of these were convictions — there was a harassment incident, there was a robbery at his house, the fire department had to come and unlock his car that had a sleeping baby inside. All of these things give the Cowboys cause for concern."
That sounds scary! Watch the clip included with the NFL.com post, and you'll see Rich Eisen get downright worried about the baby left in the car, throwing in an "oh my Lord" and later, "My goodness. A sleeping child. In a locked car." (Full disclosure: I used to work at NFL Media with Ian Rapoport. He's a nice guy.)
But read the full reports—you can find them at the bottom of the post—and suddenly these things seem a lot less scary. Heck, it's not clear if all the calls even involve Bryant or if he still lives at the address mentioned. This was first pointed out by Shan Shariff of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. After Shariff's story went up, we asked for the same records from DeSoto police that Rapoport used, and here's what they show:
The baby incident happened three years ago, and it's pretty simple: Firefighters arrived and unlocked the car. In the call report, there's no mention of a trip to the hospital or of any medical care, and Bryant's name doesn't appear anywhere. The harassment report is also from 2011. It involves someone calling and texting the cell phone of a person at Bryant's address—Shariff reports that it was Bryant himself, though our docs have the name removed—saying, "We can make this work." The cops note dully that the "RP"—reporting party—"advised that if the calls did not stop he would call back."
Two reports, a burglary and a follow-up to a stolen vehicle, list other people's names, which jibes with Shariff's reporting that, per IRS records, Bryant might not have even lived at that address at the time of the incident. There's also a report about the time Bryant hit his mom with a ball cap, but everyone knew about that already, and Rapoport didn't even mention it. Shariff's records show that one of the calls came from the neighborhood patrol. There's no explanation or narrative at all.
Concerning? The only thing about Dez Bryant that concerns the Cowboys right now is his earning potential on the open market.
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