Attention was raised early last week when news broke that Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked new Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute in a pre-NFL Draft interview. Reports surfaced that Bryant may have led Ireland to question his mother’s past when he reportedly told Ireland that his father was a pimp and his mother used to work for him.

When confronted with the story last week, Bryant denied such reports and spurned further questions when he told ESPN that “I just want to talk about the Cowboys and what I’m doing. I put that in the past.”

Bryant will have a hard time putting things in the past after the Dallas Morning News reported on Monday that Byant’s mother, Angela Bryant, was arrested in April 2009 after she was caught selling crack cocaine to police informants after a review of police records from Lufkin, Texas.

She is currently serving 10 months probation after being found guilty in August 2009 on two felony counts for possession of a controlled substance and the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

It has also been reported by USA Today that Angela Bryant was convicted for selling crack cocaine in 1997 and served 18 months in prison.

The road to the NFL has been a rocky one for Dez Bryant. The former Oklahoma State receiver was suspended from college football last October for lying to NCAA officials about his relationship with retired NFL superstar Deion Sanders. Since his suspension, Bryant has been the poster child for negative attention from a hamstring injury that hindered his participation in the NFL Combine to this recent story involving his mother.

Angela Bryant believes the NCAA and the NFL have had it out for her son since he was ruled ineligible last year and the recent questions surrounding her history are just ploys to hurt both Bryants’ characters.

“When they couldn’t find enough dirt on him, they went to that,” Angela Bryant told on Monday. “It was almost like a scheme. They should never have put that kind of thing or question on him. Whatever reason they chose to do that, they are talking about my charges of 12 years ago and running with it. I’m not OK with it. But we are both going to be OK.”


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO