*Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has gotten caught up with a lawsuit now.
According to papers filed Friday in Dallas, the football player failed to pay for $246,000 worth of jewelry by a New York-based company called A+A Diamonds LTD d/b/a Rafaello & Company. The jeweler is known for its high-end designs for celebrities.
Texas state senator and Bryant’s lawyer, Royce West, says they are trying to settle the suit. “Is there a relationship between Dez and the jeweler? Yes,” West said Monday afternoon. “The issue is how much is owed and when it’s due. That’s the issue. I think we’ll solve it quickly.”
Bryant just might have an expensive taste in jewelry. Last year alone, the star spent as much as $144,000 in one day in February. But perhaps at this point it’s an addiction.
“We’ll let the lawsuit speak for itself,” said Mike Bowes, a Dallas-based attorney who represents the plaintiffs. “My clients in New York worked for several months with Mr. Bryant’s counsel to work something out with no satisfactory resolution.”
Update: Mall lifts ban; Bryant apologizes for drama
in other Dez Bryant news, he is now welcome to shop at the NorthPark Center mall again after officials dropped their ban on him on Friday.
Bryant was ejected from the upscale Dallas shopping center on Saturday, March 19, and given a criminal trespass warning following a dispute over the sagging pants allegedly worn by him and some companions.
“Mr. Bryant is welcome to join the millions of valued customers who shop and dine at NorthPark Center,” mall spokesman David Margulies told The Dallas Morning News. “NorthPark Center considers (the) issues to be closed.”
A police statement released Tuesday (03-22-11) said officers working off-duty Saturday (03-19-11) as security at NorthPark Center encountered Bryant and three companions and asked them to pull up their trousers. The report says Bryant then launched into a profanity-laced tirade that prompted the officers to escort him and his friends from the mall.
Margulies said that the police report was correct in stating that mall security issued an oral criminal trespass warning to Bryant on the day of the incident, but Margulies said his statement “provides notice that the criminal trespass warning is a moot issue,” according to The Morning News.
“To all my fans I apologize for what’s been going on … the situation is behind me … moving forward to this upcoming year,” Bryant tweeted Friday.