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Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys is denying reports that he had an altercation with Lil Wayne at the Fontainebleau hotel's Club Liv in Miami.
Both the Miami New Times and Dallas' WFAA reported yesterday that the troubled wide receiver got into a verbal altercation with a "famous rapper" while partying at Club Liv on Sunday (January 15) and was detained by police. The New Times later cited an unnamed Miami Beach Police source as saying that Lil Wayne and his entourage were at the center of the altercation.
Bryant reportedly lost his temper after being after being mocked by the entourage about his legal troubles and financial woes.
Bryant's mentor, David Wells, confirmed to WFAA that Bryant got involved in a verbal altercation with some members of a famous rapper's entourage and had to be detained by police, although he was not arrested.
Bryant has been sued three times in the last year. Once in March 2011 by New York-based jewelers Rafaello & Company for non-payment of $246,000 worth of jewelry. He was also sued that same month by Eleow Hunt, a Colleyville, Texas jeweler and ticket broker for $600,000. Hunt claimed the amount was for jewelry and tickets to sporting events and personal loans he began to give Bryant while he was still in college at Oklahoma State.
Bryant was sued again in December 2011 for defaulting on a $100,000 loan from Endurance Capital Fund.
In addition to those lawsuits, Bryant received a criminal trespass warning and was banned from NorthPark Center in Dallas for a short time following an incident involving saggy pants in March 2011.
In an effort to defuse the chatter about a beef with Wayne, Bryant responded to the reports this morning via Twitter by denying the two had a problem with each other.
We'll keep an eye on this story and see what else develops.