Dez Bryant's Latest Legal Troubles Further Hurt His and Dallas Cowboys' Image

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys' star wide receiver, is reportedly avoiding a lawsuit in the state of New York. His constant legal issues and run-ins continue to damage him in the public eye, as well as the brand of the Cowboys. 

According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, Bryant is "ducking a lawsuit" with a New York-based company called Endurance Capital Fund

The company reportedly claims that Bryant borrowed $100,000, but he hasn't paid them back in full. It's been a year since the money was due, and the report states that Bryant currently owes more than $50,000.

Endurance Capital Fund works with star athletes and celebrities to help them buy things like cars, houses, yachts, etc. 

Bryant will be in New York this weekend for the Cowboys' game against the Giants, and he may end up being served before the game. 

Earlier this year, USA Today reported that Bryant owed more than $600,000 in multiple lawsuits. 

This is bad news for Bryant and the Cowboys. 

He's a phenomenal athlete that gives Dallas a much better chance of winning, but his off-field problems don't do the Cowboys any good. 

These are headaches Dallas doesn't need as it fights for a playoff spot and the NFC East title. 

Athletes getting into financial trouble is nothing new, and frankly, it's quite sad. They're given so much money, but they end up wasting it on questionable decisions. Sure, some are smart with their money, but others are too loose with it, and they end up losing everything. 

Bryant turned 23 last month, and for him to be having financial problems reflects poorly on him and the Cowboys. 

As a star athlete, Bryant represents the Cowboys wherever he goes. The more he gets into trouble, the more harm it does to Dallas. 

In fact, it's getting so bad that his future with the team could be at stake. Of course, that's a decision Jerry Jones ultimately has to make, but if Bryant keeps having legal battles and avoids paying his debts, it's going to really hurt him. 

The last thing the Cowboys need is for Bryant to have to focus on court battles when his attention needs to be on football. 


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