IRVING, Texas —
“He ran good routes, he was at his right depth and you see the kind of player he can be when he plays football at the level that he can,” Romo said. “That’s exciting to see his work ethic paying off.”
He lost most of his final college season at Oklahoma State when the NCAA suspended him after he lied about having dinner with former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders.
His first season in Dallas was uneventful — on the field, too. He missed four games and finished with just 561 yards even though he had a 100-yard game.
Then the trouble started. He was kicked out of an upscale Dallas mall in early 2011 for wearing his pants too low, and a week later, lawsuits surfaced alleging that he had nearly $1 million in unpaid bills from jewelry and game tickets, mostly racked up before he signed a five-year contract with $8.3 million in guaranteed money.
Another spotty season on the field in 2011 was followed by the most serious incident, this one involving his arrest last summer. According to an affidavit filed by police in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, Bryant struck his mother, Angela Bryant, in the face with a ball cap and grabbed her T-shirt.
Bryant’s mom didn’t want to press charges, and prosecutors announced a deal last week that could lead to the dismissal of a misdemeanor family violence charge.
Witten isn’t sure a resolution of the case is the reason Bryant seems ready to be the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver.
“That’s the other part of being a receiver,” Witten said. “He understands, ‘Hey, I’m a go-to guy.’ And you know that he wants to be really, really good.”