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November 15, 2012

Cowboys' Bryant in anger plan over family dispute

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has agreed to a year of anger management counseling as part of a deal that could lead to the dismissal of a family violence charge over a dispute with his mother.

Attorney Royce West said Wednesday that Bryant was already attending anger management sessions, and he said the Dallas County district attorney's office would dismiss the misdemeanor charge if Bryant stays out of trouble for a year.

Bryant was arrested in July in suburban Dallas after he allegedly hit his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with a ball cap. A police affidavit says he also grabbed his mother by her T-shirt. Bryant's mother filed an affidavit asking prosecutors not to file charges.

West said the deal with prosecutors was not a plea agreement, and that the family always thought it could settle the matter.

"This as far as we are concerned is over with," West told The Associated Press.

West, who is also a Texas state senator, said in a statement that Bryant and his mother "understand the serious nature of family violence accusations."

"As a result of this incident, they want to make sure that they develop the resources so if a family dispute arises in the future, they can resolve through effective communication without raising voices."

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said coach Jason Garrett would likely address the Bryant situation Thursday. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the agreement didn't change the league's plan to review the case once it is resolved.

Dallas County prosecutors didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

According to reports, the Cowboys agreed to provide Bryant a security team while restricting his off-field activities. The Cowboys haven't commented specifically on those limitations.

Bryant was projected as a top 10 draft pick but fell to the Cowboys at No. 24 in 2010 in part because of a troubled past. He missed almost all of his final season at Oklahoma State after the NCAA suspended him for lying about having dinner with Deion Sanders.

There were pre-draft rumors that Bryant skipped meetings and classes at Oklahoma State, and his pro day was marred by banter that he had forgotten the cleats he planned to wear for the workout.

The third-year receiver also ran up hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills on game tickets and jewelry, and he was sued by people who said they were creditors.

Last year, Bryant was kicked out of an upscale Dallas mall for wearing sagging pants. In January, he was reportedly involved in a fight with rapper Lil Wayne at a Miami nightclub.

His production has been spotty as a pro. He has a pair of 100-yard games this year, but he followed one of those with a one-catch game against Atlanta. He has 45 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns.

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