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Dez Bryant faces assault charge

Dallas Cowboys kick returner Dez Bryant runs back

Dallas Cowboys kick returner Dez Bryant runs back a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Giants. (Oct. 25, 2010) Credit: MCT

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant faces a potential suspension in the wake of his arrest over the weekend on misdemeanor charges for assault after a scuffle with his mother Saturday afternoon at her home in DeSoto, Texas.

If convicted, Bryant faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, and also might be suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league’s personal conduct policy.

According to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Bryant’s mother, Angela, can be heard on a 911 call telling friends that her son “tried to kill me” and that she’s going to “put an end to it today.”

The newspaper’s website reported that Angela Bryant told police her son hit her across the face with a cap, pulled her hair, tore her shirt and bra, and struck her hands and wrists when she tried to push him away, according to police.

“It’s pretty straightforward,” DeSoto police Capt. Ron Smith said this morning during a news conference. “[Bryant] and his mom got into an argument. It’s physical. She’s got some injuries. We made the arrest.”

Smith said he did not know what led to the argument.

“Whatever led to it is really not an issue for us,” he said. “We have an injured person. We have a suspect. We're going to move forward.”

The Cowboys said in a statement that the organization is “in the process of gathering information and will not have a comment at this time.”

The Cowboys open training camp on July 29 in Oxnard, Calif.

An NFL official said today the league is aware of the situation. Spokesman Michael Signora said Bryant might be disciplined even if he’s not convicted in connection with the incident. He cited the league’s personal conduct policy, which states that “persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."

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