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Mike Gundy on Dez Bryant: ‘He’s a good person’

Gina Mizell Published: July 24, 2012

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was asked several times Tuesday about former OSU superstar receiver Dez Bryant, who was arrested in DeSoto, Texas last week for allegedly attacking his mother.

Gundy said the news saddened him and that he believed Bryant was a good person. But the coach also acknowledged that perhaps the receiver needs to purposely remove himself from his current environment.

“You can be a good person and make mistakes,” Gundy said, “and you can be squeaky clean on the outside and not be a good person, in my opinion. He’s a good person. He’s not making good decisions and he’s in an environment where he’s making mistakes.

“At some point, he’ll have to grow through it, or he’s going to run out of chances. (That) would be my guess.”

Bryant, who tallied 147 catches for 2,425 yards and 29 touchdowns in his college career, never had a run-in with the law at OSU but was ruled ineligible for most of the 2009 season after lying to NCAA investigators about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.

Since leaving Stillwater, though, Bryant has had two other incidents involving the police. In January, he was detained but not arrested following an alleged altercation at a Miami Beach nightclub. And last year he was kicked out and temporarily banned from a Dallas mall for wearing sagging pants and using inappropriate language.