Dez Bryant ejected from mall
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from an upscale Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning from off-duty police officers Saturday after a dispute over the sagging pants worn by him and some companions.
A Tuesday police statement says Bryant and three companions were involved in an incident at NorthPark Center where security asked them to pull their pants up because their underwear was showing.
Bryant, however, told ESPNDallas.com his pants were up but some of his friends' pants were down.
"It really wasn't me in the wrong," Bryant said Tuesday. "It's not even an issue."
The Dallas Police Department said in a statement that Bryant and his friends were not in violation of a law, but that he was issued the warning for not complying with a police request.
According to the police report, Bryant used profanity and created a commotion when confronted, prompting the officers to escort the four from the mall.
"What the [expletive], you stopped me like I stole something," Bryant was quoted as saying, according to the police report.
Police say Bryant refused to leave, however, until his attorney and representative could arrive and he parked in a fire lane until a friend arrived and persuaded him to leave.
No charge was filed. Bryant's agent, Eugene Parker, declined to comment. The Cowboys did not respond to requests for comment.
WFAA-TV in Dallas reported Bryant was banned from the mall for three months.
Late Tuesday, however, Bryant tweeted: "Headed to North Park tomorrow to get these Lebrons....I am not banned from North park lol."
Bryant's adviser, David Wells, said, "That's not true. I was there; it didn't happen."
Bryant has a history of problems at the mall, according to the police report, including an incident at a store where police had to intervene after the wide receiver cut in line and a parking citation for parking in the fire lane. Bryant was also involved in a "major disturbance" at one of the mall's restaurants with an unknown woman. Police were called, but both Bryant and the woman were gone before they arrived.
"I told the guy I'm not trying to get in trouble," Bryant said. "I'm not trying to destroy my image. The [warning] wasn't toward me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was a big misunderstanding. I was the wrong guy."
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.