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Bryant: 'Wasn't me in the wrong' in ejection from Dallas mall

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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from an upscale Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning after a dispute over the sagging pants allegedly worn by him and some companions.

A police statement released Tuesday said officers working off-duty Saturday as security at NorthPark Center encountered Bryant and three companions wearing drooping pants that exposed their underwear. When the officers asked the quartet to pull up their trousers, according to the police statement, Bryant launched into a profanity-laced tirade that prompted the officers to escort him and his friends from the mall.

Police say Bryant refused to leave until his "representative" could arrive, and he parked in a fire lane until a friend arrived and persuaded him to leave.

WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that Bryant was banned from the mall for three months, but David Wells, the receiver's adviser, told The Dallas Morning News he wasn't aware a criminal trespass warning was issued.

"I have seen no criminal trespass warning," Wells told the newspaper. "Who issued it, and when did they issue it?"

Wells said he arrived at the mall about 30 to 45 minutes after the incident occurred and that he "repeatedly" asked police if Bryant had been banned from the shopping center. "And they said no," Wells said.

Bryant told ESPN Dallas that his pants weren't drooping and his underwear wasn't exposed, although some of his friends' pants were down.

"It really wasn't me in the wrong," he said. "It's not even an issue."

Bryant tweeted later Tuesday: "Headed to North Park tomorrow to get these Lebrons....I am not banned from North park lol."


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The police report said Bryant "has had a pattern of behavior at NorthPark Center involving security/off-duty police" and cited incidents in which a lieutenant intervened after the receiver tried to cut in line, a "major disturbance" with a female at a restaurant, and a citation for being parked in the mall's fire lane.

"I told the guy I'm not trying to get in trouble," Bryant told ESPN Dallas. "I'm not trying to destroy my image. The (warning) wasn't toward me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was a big misunderstanding. I was the wrong guy."

No charges were filed, The Associated Press reported. Bryant's agent, Eugene Parker, declined to comment to The AP, and the Cowboys didn't respond to requests for comment.

Bryant, the Cowboys' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, made 45 catches for 561 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. His season ended when he suffered a fractured ankle during a Dec. 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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