One of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys have been reluctant to sign Dez Bryant to a long-term contract extension is because of a lack of off-field trust in their star wide receiver, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
In November, Rapoport reported on six separate incidents dating back to 2011 in which police were called to Bryant's home in DeSoto, Texas. A seventh has since emerged and while none of the incidents resulted in any arrests, they explain why the Cowboys are concerned about Bryant's off-field behavior and some of the people he has associated with in the past, Rapoport reports.
The seventh incident, which Rapoport learned of through an open-records request, took place in mid-2011 in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Lancaster, Texas. In the incident report, officers were called to an unknown disturbance on the early morning of July 11 after a person reported seeing a woman being dragged from one vehicle to another.
Vehicles registered to Bryant were in the parking lot and Bryant later arrived in another car. The alleged victim told officers that she was involved in an argument with another man and was not assaulted or injured in any way. She said that she asked to be dropped off at a friend's house and then contacted Bryant to pick her up.
After speaking with all parties involved, officers determined that no offense occurred and advised them that they were free to go, according to the incident report.
Rapoport reports that the Cowboys have been aware of this incident for some time.
Rumors of an incident involving Bryant first surfaced Friday during a conversation between Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio and Shan & RJ of 105.3 The Fan.
"It's one of the, I guess I would say, best kept secrets in the media because no one's reported it yet," Florio said during the radio appearance. "But there is a story that all of the major insiders know about ... it involves a videotape and I don't know that it exists.
"I know people have been trying desperately to get it. I know the Cowboys are aware of it and because of that and possibly other reasons, the Cowboys have been very reluctant to commit major money to him. That's been kind of the open secret among members of the media."
Bryant tweeted a cryptic message Friday defending his character:
"Just quit with the b.s.....," the message reads. "It's clear as day what's going on... I might need to do a exclusive interview about my life these past 5 years since the world is destined to know....i use to let people take advantage of my life now that I'm no longer allowing that to happen it seems to be a problem... I'm not ashamed of none of my past incidents because that's what made me who I am today."
On Wednesday, Bryant tweeted - and then promptly deleted - another strange message: