Allegations of forged signature in Dez Bryant jewerly case

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on August 3, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 5 at 1:02 AM

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is making news again — both on and off the field.

While he may be catching footballs again at training camp in San Antonio, back in Dallas he's on the receiving end of new allegations involving a possible forged signature in a lawsuit claiming he never paid for more than a half-million dollars in jewelry.

Last March it was made public that Bryant was being sued by two different jewelers for non-payment of an estimated $800,000 in high-end watches, rings and other bling. While one of those lawsuits has been settled, a Colleyville jeweler says he's still owed $600,000.

In written answers to the court, Bryant admits to owing for only some of that jewelry.

The problem, according to a motion filed by Beth Ann Blackwood, the jeweler's attorney, is that the signature attesting to the answers is forged.

According to Blackwood, "a cursory examination of the signature in shows that it is not Mr. Bryant's signature," she said. "What is clear is that Mr. Bryant did not sign it. The game playing in this case has to stop."

The Colleyville jeweler and his attorney have filed a motion for sanctions requesting an authentic account of Bryant's answers to allegations, punishment for false swearing and attorney's fees of $15,000.

Bryant's attorney, Royce West, did not respond to our request for comment. And Bryant appears to be focused right now on shaking defenders — not attorneys and debt collectors.

E-mail bshipp@wfaa.com

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