Jewelers Sue Former Panther Dez Bryant for Nearly a Million Dollars
Two jewelers -- one in the Dallas area -- the other in New York -- are suing Dallas Cowboys super-star wide receiver Dez Bryant for a total of nearly a million dollars. The jewelers claim Bryant has never paid them for a lot of expensive jewelry he bought on credit before and after he was drafted by the Cowboys.
The bigger of the lawsuits against the former Lufkin Panther involves Eleow Hunt, a jeweler and ticket broker from suburban Colleyville. He's seeking repayment for $588,500 in jewelry, $15,850 for tickets and $11,000 in loans.
Bryant got it all through a line of credit set up by his adviser, with the understanding that he'd settle up once he signed his first pro contract. The lawsuit says however that Bryant has only paid $15,000 of the total bill.
The other lawsuit was filed by the New York jeweler Rafaello and Co. This suit claims Bryant made four purchases totaling 267,000 dollars, but he's paid only $21,000 of the bill.
Both lawsuits ask that the unpaid jewelry bills be paid in full plus interest and attorneys fees. Bryant's attorney -- State Senator Royce West -- says the lawsuits are nothing more than allegations that will be resolved. A spokesman for the Dallas Cowboys had no comment.
The lawsuits come only a week after Bryant got into a ruckus at an upscale Dallas mall. He got a shouting match with a mall security guard over Bryant and his friends wearing their pants too low, in violation of the mall's dress code.