Embattled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant could be close to a plea agreement for misdemeanor assault charges filed against him over the summer, according to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas.
Bryant's attorneys are negotiating a deal that would have the 23-year-old plead guilty to a Class C misdemeanor, which requires taking anger management classes, as well as a $500 fine.
Originally, Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which could carry a year in prison and a fine of up to $4,000. If the plea is agreed upon, Bryant would receive the significantly reduced punishment.
On July 16, Bryant's mother, Angela, called police and allegedly claimed her son assaulted her by grabbing her hair and shirt and slapping her in the face with the brim of his cap.
Bryant's mother later said that she did not want her son to be prosecuted, according to a report by the Dallas Morning News.
Bryant could still face a punishment from the NFL, which has cracked down on off-the-field player transgressions in recent years.
The alleged incident sparked the Cowboys to create specific guidelines for Bryant to follow, dubbed the "Dez Rules," which require escorts to shadow him everywhere, restrictions on bars and clubs he can visit, and a midnight curfew.
Dallas selected Bryant out of Oklahoma State with the No. 24 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, despite his suspension for most of the 2009 season for violating NCAA bylaws when he did not disclose his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.
For his career, Bryant has 112 receptions for 1,574 yards and 15 touchdowns, along with two return touchdowns.