Dez Bryant can return to shopping mall that banned him

Hallelujah!

The short-lived recession at the NorthPark Center Mall has ended. Dez Bryant has been cleared to return to the shopping center and spend as he pleases. Why he’d want to return to a place that banned him temporarily after he was issued a criminal trespass warning, well, we can’t answer that.

But Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that MallGate ended on Friday.

“Mr. Bryant is welcome to join the millions of customers who shop and dine at NorthPark Center," NorthPark spokesman David Mardulies said, according to Hill. "The mall considers last weekend's issue closed."

Per the report, Bryant apologized for his actions and the mall issued an apology. Now, he is free to light of the cash registers as he sees fit. Whether or not he does so with his pants up, who knows. An off-duty police officer working for mall security ordered Bryant and his posse to pull their pants up. That is what started the firestorm and led some, like former mentor Deion Sanders, to come out firing on the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.

“He needs help,” Sanders said.

For his part, Bryant has at least had the sense to apologize for the foolishness. Can you imagine this type of grand mess during the season?

“To all my fans I apologize for what's been going on,” Bryant said via his Twitter account. “The situation is behind me. Moving forward to this upcoming year.”

Except if there isn’t football this upcoming year, Bryant is going to have more opportunities to shop. And blow through his cash during a lockout.

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