On Monday, the police said they were “aware of Dez Bryant’s alleged illegal possession of a Capuchin monkey within the city limits of DeSoto, TX” in response to the letter PETA wrote to the city asking authorities to remove the monkey from Bryant’s care. In the letter, PETA pointed out that private citizens are not permitted to own monkeys in DeSoto.
However, police said they would not obtain a search warrant for the monkey because they had no evidence it was located in the city of DeSoto, though Bryant is known to reside there.
Later in the day, police issued a statement saying the case was closed.
“The City Attorney was just contacted by Mr. Bryant’s personal attorney who advised the monkey is NOT in the City of DeSoto,” they wrote in the statement. “We don’t expect to have any further updates on this matter.”
Bryant posted a photo of the monkey on his Instagram account in late October, calling it his “new best friend” and noting he had named it “Dallas.” Other than the photo, there is no evidence that Bryant purchased the monkey or that he owns it as a pet.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he had not seen the monkey, but had heard that Bryant had obtained one.
“I have not met Dallas,” Garrett told ESPN. “Uh, I’ve heard stories that he has a monkey. There has been visual evidence of that.”
- Erin Flynn