DALLAS Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant received a criminal trespass warning from off-duty police officers at NorthPark Center on Saturday night after being involved in a disturbance.
In a story first reported on WFAA.com, Bryant was told not to come back to the mall. A criminal trespassing warning prohibits a person from returning to a business for 60 to 180 days.
According to the official police report, Bryant and three friends were stopped by the uniformed, off-duty officers working security shortly before 8 p.m. at the popular shopping center after they were observed wearing their pants halfway down their hips exposing their underwear.
The police asked the men to pull their pants up.
Mr. Bryant s response to the request was profanity laced and [NorthPark] center representatives felt the outburst merited a request for Mr. Bryant to leave the premises, according to a Dallas police statement issued Tuesday evening.
What the [expletive] are you stopping me, like I stole something, Bryant was quoted as saying by a News 8 source. I'm not leaving until my attorney and my representative get here.
Police said Bryant continued cursing as the off-duty officers escorted him to his vehicle.
Mr. Bryant entered his vehicle but parked in a fire lane still refusing to leave, necessitating a request for on-duty officers to respond to the location, the Dallas police statement said.
The police report noted that NorthPark has a history of problems with Bryant, including a major disturbance at a restaurant involving a woman, a parking violation, and cutting in line at the Apple Store.
Under the terms of the warning, Bryant would be subject to arrest if he returns to the mall within 90 days.
A message posted on Dez Bryant's verified Twitter account Tuesday evening offered this reaction:
The real story has been put out on 103.3.. It's really a non story..the media need something to talk about.anyway how has everyone day been?
The Dallas Cowboys have not commented on this incident.
On Sunday morning, Bryant's teammate Bryan McCann was arrested at a downtown Dallas nightclub for public intoxication. McCann refuted the charge in a written statement.
In both the Bryant and McCann cases, police said the outcome could have been avoided if the parties involved had simply complied with instructions given by the involved officers.