Dez Bryant’s reign as a monkey owner has come to an end. Sort of.
The Cowboys wide receiver had to give up the capuchin monkey he proudly took in last year, he told KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket in Dallas on Thursday. The monkey, which he named Dallas Bryant, is now living with a friend of his.
“But I get to see him,” Bryant told The Ticket.
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Bryant made headlines with the photo he posted in October, when he brought the monkey from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to live with him in DeSoto, Texas. PETA then tried unsuccessfully to get DeSoto authorities to seize the monkey from Bryant.
“He was one of us. The monkey was one of us,” the seventh-year receiver said. “He got pure-A1 treatment.”
Bryant is focusing now on his return to form with the Cowboys, who will play their first preseason game Saturday at the Rams’ new home in Los Angeles. Last season, the All-Pro receiver suffered from foot and ankle injuries that cut his season short to just nine games. He caught 31 passes for 401 yards and three scores in those contests.