As speculation and rumor continue to circle around Dez Bryant concerning the existence - or non-existence - of a potentially incriminating video of the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, NFL Media have today released a police incident report documenting a 2011 incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
The report, which was sent to NFL Media by the City of Lancaster, Texas police department, outlines an officer responding to an "unknown disturbance" in July 2011. Dez Bryant is included in said report.
In total six people, including Dez Bryant and an alleged female victim, are mentioned in the report with two vehicles registered to the wide receiver also noted. As a whole the report appears to exonerate the NFL star.
What does it say?
The report is extensive but, in summary, there are several key points to take from it.
- An anonymous call to the police asserted that a black male was dragging a black female "from one vehicle to another vehicle." The car the female was being taken from was a Mercedes in the name of Bryant.
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- A Wal-Mart security guard explained to police that, when he arrived at the scene, he discovered the Mercedes empty with the door open and a child's toy on the floor.
- Two men - Carl King and Christopher Mitchell - arrived in another vehicle registered to Bryant (an Escalade) saying the alleged female victim had called them asking them to pick up "her" Mercedes.
- The alleged victim then arrives at the scene in a Bentley driven by Dez Bryant. She tells police that an argument had occurred between herself and a man called Alex Penson. She denies being injured or assaulted.
- The alleged victim says that, after being dropped off at a friend's, she got in touch with Bryant who picked her up.
The police officer at the scene concluded that there was no offense, and no one was arrested.
What does it mean?
The report, first brought to attention by Ian Rapoport, does not mention any surveillance footage of the incident and, as such, the rumors regarding it's existence are likely to continue.
What we do now know though is that Dez Bryant was never arrested for the incident in 2011.
Perhaps most importantly in the context of Bryant's NFL career, the NFL were in possession of this report on February 17th - a full three days before the rumor mill regarding the video hit the main stream.
Moreover, the Dallas Cowboys have apparently been aware of the 2011 Wal-Mart incident for a significant period of time.
What do you think NFL fans? What do you make of the report, and Cowboys fans do you want Dez Bryant back for 2015? Let us know in the comments section below...