Embattled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, accused of assaulting his mother last weekend, has support from his most important teammate.
Quarterback Tony Romo has stuck up for Bryant despite the arrest and fallout from the incident.
“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back," Romo said, according to ESPN's Ed. "Dez knows I'll be there for him. Dez knows that I'm going to stick up for him."
Bryant has been charged with a misdemeanor and the Cowboys and NFL are tracking how this plays out.
“None of us are directly involved in what's going on in his life," Romo said. "So everyone, the speculation, the articles and things that are written are just people that are guessing. And they're going to have their opinions based on it but no one knows exactly the way that Dez grew up, the way that things have shaped his life and his difficulties.
"Stuff happens and we all wish that certain things wouldn't, and I know that he's going to try to make sure in the future those things don't happen again. But friends and your teammates don't leave you during those moments. They come back and they tell you that we're here for you. Our football team is a close-knit team, and these moments should show that."
Romo said that Bryant had a terrific offseason and he is expecting big things from the former first-round draft pick. While much of what Romo says makes sense, Bryant will put his teammates in a difficult position if he is suspended and misses time because of the incident. When players don’t put the team first and do get in trouble off the field, their actions affect teammates.
Stay tuned to see how this plays out.
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