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Cowboys' Dez Bryant Arrested for Beating Own Mother

By Andrew Lu on July 17, 2012 1:48 PM

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested for allegedly assaulting his own mother.

All forms of assault are bad, but how low do you have to go to reportedly assault your own mom?

Bryant is accused of slapping his mom and grabbing her by her hair. Bryant stands at six feet two inches and weighs 220 pounds. His mother, Angela Bryant, called 911 herself, reports ESPN.

When police arrived at the scene, Angela Bryant did not appear to have any serious injuries. Nevertheless, police issued an arrest warrant for Bryant and he turned himself in on Monday. He has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for domestic violence, a crime that carries a possible one-year prison sentence.

Surprisingly, this is only Bryant's first arrest. While Bryant is often painted as a player with character concerns, his previous transgressions never actually led to an arrest, reports ESPN. For example, he and his friends were previously kicked out of a mall for wearing their pants too low and he was also involved in an altercation at a Miami nightclub but no charges were ever brought.

Given his relatively clean rap sheet and the chance that his mother may not want to pursue charges, Bryant may avoid jail time. His lawyers can try to work out a plea deal with prosecutors where they can leverage Bryant's celebrity status for community service.

As Bryant's attorneys work on his defense, the circumstances surrounding the Dez Bryant arrest is a good reminder that domestic violence often involves a lot more than a spouse battering another spouse. Instead, domestic violence can involve anyone living in the home assaulting another, such as a wife abusing her mother-in-law, a brother beating his sister, or a grown man beating his own mother.

If you have concerns about domestic violence, you may want to talk to a family attorney to discuss your options.

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