Cowboys' Dez Bryant Addresses False Report He Was Arrested

Justin OnslowContributor IIFebruary 24, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against cornerback Patrick Robinson #21 of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The New Orleans Saints beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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In light of Dez Bryant’s checkered past, it’s easy to understand how rumors about the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver can get started. Yet in this most recent case, he did nothing wrong.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Bryant was arrested Sunday morning in Dade County, Fla. An NFL player with the last name “Bryant” was arrested, but it wasn’t the one Kelly thought, as pointed out by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk via Twitter:

Bryant has had his troubles with the law. He was arrested in July 2012 for a domestic violence charge, but he has since been clear of legal trouble—and the bad publicity that typically follows.

He has managed to stay out of trouble since last summer, and it’s understandable that he would want to keep his name far from any negative reports. Bryant took to Twitter Sunday to address the false reports that he had been arrested (sensitive language included).

Bryant got off to a rocky start in Dallas, but he has climbed out of Jerry Jones’ doghouse by working hard and staying out of trouble. The former first-round pick tallied 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, highlighted by one of the most impressive second-half stretches of any receiver in the league. 

As long as Bryant can continue staying out of the headlines (for the wrong reasons), he looks to have a successful career ahead of him. Fellow wideout Miles Austin has been unable to stay healthy recently, making Bryant a valuable commodity for a team that missed the playoffs again in 2012.