*Well, he’s back in the news and hopefully Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant’s lawyer, Texas State Senator Royce West, knows what he’s doing and has the time to do it ’cause now Bryant is being sued. Now he’s on the hook for bling and other stuff he bought before he signed his NFL contract.
According to a pair of lawsuits, Bryant loaded up on gold and diamond jewelry plus tickets to watch the Cowboys and Mavericks in the playoffs, and LeBron James playing in Dallas. And he allegedly got it all on credit with the understanding he’d settle up once he signed his first pro contract.
Eight months after he struck a deal that included $8.5 million guaranteed from the Cowboys, he’s been sued by people who say they are tired of waiting to get paid.
In the lawsuits, a man from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a New York company are seeking $861,350, plus interest and attorneys fees. All the receipts are dated between June 2009 and June 2010.
Senator/Attorney West, declined comment on the specifics in the lawsuits, but noted they are “sheer allegations.”
“What we’re seeing is Dez Bryant being singled out,” West told The AP. “There are lawsuits. They will be resolved.”
In his lawsuit, Eleow Hunt of Colleyville (Texas) said he extended a line of credit to Bryant on the request of David Wells, the player’s adviser and a co-defendant in the case. The year before, Wells had allegedly done the same thing for his cousin, Michael Crabtree, then a standout receiver at Texas Tech who went on to become a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers.
In both deals, the tab was due once the player cashed in with an NFL team.
“Mr. Crabtree ended up doing exactly what he said he would do, so my client felt pretty comfortable about how this worked,” said Hunt’s attorney, Beth Ann Blackwood. “Both (Bryant and Wells) continually assured him up to about last July that he was going to get paid. Then Mr. Bryant dropped off the radar screen and Mr. Wells about a month later. Neither would respond to my client.”
Hunt is seeking repayment for $588,500 in watches, earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry; $15,850 for NBA and NFL tickets; and $11,000 in loans. Wells has repaid $15,000 of the original loan amount, the suit says.
In the second lawsuit, which we reported previously, the New York jeweler – A+A Diamonds, doing business as Rafaello and Co. – is seeking $246,000 for jewelry. The company’s attorney, Mike Bower, said “we are working with Mr. Bryant’s counsel to work out a resolution.”
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