Dez Bryant: Fool or Victim?
By Gary A. Johnson
Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant is the talk of Big D and that is not a good thing. Bryant is beginning to become more famous for his off the field activities than for his moves on the football field. Earlier this week it was reported that Bryant was kicked out of a Dallas area mall for having his pant sag so low that you could see his underwear. You would think that a grown man would know better, but age nor the money you make is no guarantee for common sense. Bryant is walking proof that common sense, “ain’t that common.”
Bryant was also given a criminal trespass warning and told to leave the mall. Reportedly Dez and his boys got a little rowdy and started to argue with the police and were issued warnings by the police. Dez and crew decided to launch a series of profanity lace tirades in a public mall for being asked to pull their pants up. Bryant has alleged that he was a victim of “profiling.” Unbelievable.
What the hell is wrong with these “man-child” breed of men who just don’t get it? Chris Brown doesn’t get it. Dez Bryant doesn’t get it. I could go on and make a long list of brothers who just don’t seem to get it. And I’m not just talking about young brothers. Lawrence Taylor doesn’t get it either.
Back to Bryant.
ESPN.com columnist Stephen A. Smith has an interesting perspective on this situation. Never short of an opinion, Smith says Bryant is a fool. Some blogger have criticized Stephen A. saying the columnist is being too hard on the Cowboys Wide Receiver.
Ignorance is ignorance. It’s never bliss. Whether you’re with your honey, or driving a nice ride, living in affluence or, in the latest case, being a member of the Dallas Cowboys, it is simply never, ever a good idea to become conspicuous for being clueless. Naturally, most of us have better things to do with our time than to develop the insatiable need to tell this to Dez Bryant. But since his evident stupidity seems to be a bit contagious, perhaps it’s time to tell it like it is.
Bryant’s not an idiot. He just appears to be one. And if he continues to behave the way he reportedly behaved at the NorthPark Center mall in Dallas this past weekend, that stigma will be the kind of permanent fixture on his profile destined to cost him big-time dollars, and possibly his burgeoning career with the Cowboys.
And rightfully so.
You do not get into arguments with a police officer. Especially when it appears that police officer actually had a point and, quite honestly, you don’t. While we’re still unsure as to whether it may have been a crime for Bryant or his friends to be walking around a public mall with their pants hanging below their backsides, being asked to pull his pants up doesn’t fall under the category of “profiling.”
There would be no need to even address subjects like this, of course, had it not been for Bryant getting flagged with a criminal trespass warning by off-duty officers after exposing his underwear and buttocks to patrons at the mall over the weekend, according to police.
But now we need to address it because Bryant, essentially, asked us to by getting into yet another incident at a public mall.
“The outcome could have been avoided if the parties involved had simply complied with instructions given by the involved officers,” Dallas Police said via a statement.
The statement almost comes across as sounding sensitive toward what was not Bryant’s first incident at the mall where police said he had previously been involved in a “major disturbance” at a restaurant involving a woman, a parking violation and also cutting a line in a store. Perhaps, however, it’s time that we leave sensitivity out of the equation.
Nobody wants to see someone walking around in their drawers in a mall. Since when does education need to be provided on this issue?
Two-year-olds kick their legs up for their parents to put their pants on over their diapers. Kids learn to pull up their pants before they can speak in full sentences. Children can’t go out in public without being dressed, yet suddenly grown adults don’t know the difference?
Dez Bryant’s latest foray wasn’t a venture into lawlessness, just continued prancing toward rebelliousness and belligerence. There’s no excuse for it so there shouldn’t be any explanation for it, either. But since he tried, the rest of us might as well stop avoiding doing so ourselves.
“It really wasn’t me in the wrong,” Bryant told ESPNDallas.com, evidently, diming out his boys.
What Bryant doesn’t realize is that by saying so, he’s basically acknowledging they were wrong. Which means he knew it was the wrong thing to do. Which explains why he’s distancing himself.
So much for justifying his mouthing off to law-enforcement officials.
What there is absolutely no justification for is Bryant, his boys or anyone else wearing their pants below their backsides. Nobody needed President Barack Obama to say so over a year ago. We all knew it anyway.
This need to create fashion statements, using prison garb, tendencies, etc., to do it, is not just an act of stupidity but futility.
What do you think?