Since the CBA expired earlier this month, a handful of NFL players have not gone out of their way to stay out of trouble.* Isn’t that right, Raiders OT Mario Henderson, Vikings CB Chris Cook, Cowboys CB Bryan McCann and Patriots S Brandon Meriweather (all of whom have been arrested this month)?
*Whether the NFL’s conduct policy applies to them in the event of a lockout is unclear. Even for commissioner Roger Goodell, apparently.
While Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was not arrested Saturday for alleged criminal trespass at the NorthPark Center mall in Dallas, two off-duty police officers gave him a warning and told him he can’t return to the mall for three months or he’ll be subject to arrest.
This, according to WFAA.com, which reports that Bryant – who apparently has a history of disturbances at that mall – and his associates were asked to leave after they refused to raise pants that were exposing their underwear.
Bryant was quoted as saying, “What the [expletive] are you stopping me, like I stole something.”
Give me a second: I’m trying to think of a more ridiculous reason to be given a warning at a mall that could lead to your arrest, but I’m having a difficult time of it.
UPDATED (7:45 p.m.): Josina Anderson spoke with Bryant's advisor, David Wells. Here's what he had to say:
"I was an actual witness to the fact that there was no citation or verbal warning issued to Dez Bryant at NorthPark on Saturday in my presence. Furthermore, Dez was not one of the guys wearing his pants low."
UPDATED (7:48 p.m.): ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins spoke with Bryant, and Bryant said his pants were up, he's not banned from the mall and it was just a big misunderstanding.
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