On Thursday, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was selected 24th in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Two days before, the Dallas Morning News profiled the Cowboys draft target and focused on Bryant's troubled family life and relationship with his mother Angela, who had Dez when she was only 15 years old and later came out as lesbian.
The Cowboys' draftee has become "comfortable" with his mom's "change in sexual in sexual orientation" —originally published as 'sexual preference"—but "still" doesn't "like it":
"He has dealt with a change in his mother's sexual orientation in a conservative town of about 32,000, located in the heart of the Bible Belt.... Just don't question Angela's love for Dez, 19-year Lyeddia and 17-year-old Deon. Angela Bryant attended most of his games at Oklahoma State, making the eight-hour drive from Lufkin to Stillwater with Carldelro King, Dez's best friend. She took an 18-hour bus ride to Athens, Ga., to see Dez's college debut against Georgia in 2007.
Mother and son don't believe in secrets. Honesty, even if it hurts, is the foundation of their relationship. That's how they worked through Angela's change in sexual orientation. Dez was in high school when he learned his mother was no longer interested in romantic relationships with men. 'I didn't like it. Really, I still don't,' he said. "I dealt with it and now I'm comfortable with it.' Angela broached the topic with him because she didn't want her sexuality creating a wedge between them. 'It hurt me that it hurt him. I'm very happy about the relationship that we have,' Angela said. 'I wasn't close with my parents, so it's important for me to be close with my kids. I'm not a typical mom, but my kids know I love them. They can tell me anything and I'll do anything for them.' "
If it was "tough" for Dez to cope with his single mom's sexuality in the small, conservative Bible Belt town of DeSoto Texas, how do you think Mom feels?
Meanwhile: DMN glossed over Bryant's three-game suspension for lying to the NCAA about meeting with Deion Sanders. And there's the Morning News' outdated and offensive terminology flagged by Outsports' Cyd Ziegler:
"First is the multiple uses of the term “sexual preference” to describe Bryant’s mother being a lesbian. I contacted the Morning News and got them to change it online to “sexual orientation,” since “sexual preference” has been listed in the AP Stylebook as a term to avoid since at least 2006. Unfortunately, it went out in the print edition as “sexual preference.” It’s shocking to me that the sports staff at a major newspaper would not be aware of this."
Bryant should feel right at home on the Cowboys roster. Other players have publicly let it be known they "don't like" gays, either.