Earlier this year the entire NFL worked itself into a frenzy about a supposed video out there somewhere in the ether that supposedly showed Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant doing something in a Walmart parking lot that could seriously damage his career.
With the Cowboys, at that time, umming are ahhing about handing out a mega contract to the star, the media frantically tried to get their hands on the potentially damning footage. But, despite all the speculation and rumor, the video has remained out of the public sphere with many claiming it never existed in the first place.
Now though, speaking in a feature piece in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Bryant himself has revealed that the tape does exist and, what's more, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told him about it months ago.
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"The first time I heard that was from Mr. Jones last season," Dez Bryant says in the profile piece, via the Dallas Morning News.
"He said there was a tape of me that might get out."
The comment appears to lay to rest the idea that no video of the alleged incident - one that appears to have taken place in 2011 according to a police report obtained by Ian Rapoport - ever existed, or had been destroyed in the time since.
It also means that, even after Dallas handed out $70 million to Bryant to keep him in Dallas for the next five years, there is still a chance that a video emerges at some point in the future.
Of course, the fact that the Cowboys handed out the extension even with absolute knowledge that the Walmart video existed suggests that they are suitably convinced that whatever it shows would not lead to extreme punishment from the NFL, or the US legal system.
Cowboys fans: Would you still support Dez Bryant even if an incriminating video were to be made public? Have your say in the comments below...
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