OXNARD, Calif. — We might never know what transpired the day Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on a charge of family violence charge involving his mother.
But this we do know about Bryant’s recent legal entanglement:
His boss is “pissed” about it.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday told Dallas radio station 105.3-FM he hasn’t yet consulted with Bryant “because I’m too pissed to talk to him.”
The Dallas County district attorney might be pressing on, even though Bryant’s mother, Angela, has said she does not want to pursue the charge against her son.
Maybe at some point we’ll get more answers as to what happened the day Angela Bryant called 911, but as for now, attorney Royce West and the Cowboys are instructing Bryant to avoid speaking with the media.
That leaves the Cowboys back in charge and having to weigh the value of the player vs. the risk of latitude given.
It famously worked with Michael Irvin — before it ceased working. On the field, it has been a success so far Bryant, a third-year pro Bryant and gifted Oklahoma State product who, on Day One of Cowboys camp here, put on a dazzling display for 5,000 fans.
“You certainly couldn’t have 53 players ultimately on your team that give the kind of consideration and time that you do to Dez,” Jerry Jones said Sunday, maintaining his calm while defending himself about not having spoken with the player. “But you say, ‘Well, a No. 1 draft pick and an outstanding player, why not?’ I agree with that. Why not?”
The simplest, yet snarkiest, “Why not?” You can’t score touchdowns from inside jail.
“I have seen . . . players that (required) a little heavier lifting than other players help you win championships,” Jones said. “High maintenance. But I have been a part of that and have seen it work and not compromise the franchise, not compromise the NFL.”
Less than 48 hours after exhibiting that sort of willingness to be tolerant, more “Jerry Truth” emerged Tuesday: “I’m pissed.”
And if you’re a Cowboys fan, you hope Jones understands what his franchise is juggling here — and that cooler heads prevail.