"Pants on the ground. Pants on the ground. Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground."
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has apparently received a criminal trespass warning from the Dallas Police Department and has been banned from the NorthPark Center Mall in Dallas, WFAA News in Dallas reported yesterday.
The report on WFAA.com reads, in part, like this:
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."
The report goes on to say that even after Bryant was escorted out of the mall by off-duty officers, he refused to leave. He parked his car in the fire lane and continued to cuss the cops until they were compelled to call on-duty police to the scene.
Apparently, the warning Bryant received means that if he returns to the mall before the 90-day ban ends, he could be subject to arrest.
Dez, of course, played it down when he gave his own brief account of the story on Twitter (where all accounts are brief).
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver tweeted, 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?
Dez, whose Twitter handle is @DEZ_88 later tweeted, "Headed to North Park tomorrow to get these Lebrons....I am not banned from North park lol."
While Dez has been adamant about the whole thing being distorted and blown out of proportion by the media, his agent Eugene Parker and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to say anything about the incident.
Breaking a mall dress code is certainly not a major issue, but the incident is the latest reminder of what happens when you mix immaturity with money and fame.
Young people are more prone to bad decisions. Experience is a sometimes harsh teacher. It is also a teacher that takes its time getting its point across.
Think of the mistakes of your youth. Are you not glad they were mostly made in anonymity? Aren't you relieved that not a single news entity cared enough to pursue the story of your stupidity?
Which is the bigger deal?
With fame and fortune comes the white-hot spotlight of scrutiny. With privilege comes responsibility. Most mature adults understand the implications of that. Testosterone-filled kids often do not.
You remember the guy singing "Pants on the Ground" at American Idol a couple years ago? How old was he?
All that said, Jerry Jones and company have to be just a little knotted up this morning. Dez Bryant slid to them in the first round because people feared the knucklehead factor with this guy.
Jerry has to be hoping the outrageously talented receiver pulls his pants up, screws his head on straight and stays out of the news until his next circus catch on the football field.