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Dez Bryant Arrest: How It Adds to His Reputation of Being Immature

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys waives to fans before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 17, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJuly 17, 2012

Once again, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is in the news, and not for anything football related.

Despite his 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season, the 23-year-old is now making headlines for catching cases instead of touchdowns.

According to espn.com (via Desoto Texas Police) Bryant was arrested on Monday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

A source in the case told police that Bryant was in an altercation with his half-brother, and wound up pushing his mother in the process. No arrests were made at the time, and Bryant turned himself in after the incident.

The Class A misdemeanor he was charged with carries a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Since he broke into the league in 2010, Bryant has been one of the most exciting young receivers in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, his immaturity at times has overshadowed his accomplishments on the football field.

Bryant only played three games in his final season at Oklahoma State after the NCAA suspended him for lying about interactions with former NFL player Deion Sanders.

Bryant has had a few other run-ins with police since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2010. Last summer, Bryant was kicked out of a Dallas mall for inappropriate attire and obscene language.

In January, he was detained by police after an alleged altercation at a nightclub in Miami.

Bryan't latest arrest, despite the fact that it isn't a felony, will not sit well with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

After a busy offseason which has seen year-long suspensions, Goodell will take Bryant's history into consideration when handing down a punishment.

The commissioner has been inconsistent at times when punishing players and coaches, despite his attempts to "protect the shield."

As for Bryant, this latest incident just adds to the unfavorable reputation he earned himself coming out of college. In this day and age where athletes are scrutinized for every unfavorable thing they do for the sake of being "role models," the slightest infraction makes them public enemies.

When young athletes become rich, they have a tendency to feel as if they are "untouchable."

To a lot of them, they can buy their way out of facing the harsh reality that comes with being a citizen of the United States.

To an extent, they are correct, but it doesn't make them any more favorable in the court of public opinion. Even though it was only a misdemeanor, Bryant's involvement with authorities for the third time in the last year makes him look like a bad guy.

Fans become disgusted with athletes who seem to have it all. They get paid millions of dollars to play a game. Yet they somehow manage to mess it up.

It leaves a sour taste in their mouths and whatever respect they had for that athlete goes right down the drain.

Bryant may be a great receiver—and the future of the Dallas Cowboys—but he better get his act together quickly, before he becomes another pro that couldn't cut it in the real world.

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