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The bills ranged from $15,500 to $71,500, although Bryant also rang up $94,000 on two receipts in a single day.
The haul included six men’s watches and two women’s watches, and a variety of men’s and women’s diamond earrings. There were bracelets, rings and necklaces, with themes ranging from skulls to religion (three diamond crosses, a diamond Jesus medallion and a rosary made from diamonds and palladium).
All that’s been paid was $15,000 of the original loan amount, Hunt’s lawsuit says.
Hunt originally filed suit in September. Hunt didn’t try publicizing it because he continued calling Bryant in hopes of working something out.
“My client was basically being nice,” Blackwood said. “He deals with a lot of professional athletes, and he’s not in the habit of trying to raise a fuss or have a high profile. He genuinely liked Dez Bryant and thought he would come through. … My client’s finally decided Dez doesn’t care, he’s not going to keep his word. My client is pretty angry.”
Hunt’s suit was amended last week, before the mall incident. As for the timing, Blackwood said, “We didn’t approach the firestorm. The firestorm approached us.”
The other suit, filed Friday, was by a New York jeweler, A+A Diamonds, doing business as Rafaello and Co.
Bryant signed four invoices with them in the four months spanning January to May 2010. His tab was $267,000, and he’s paid $21,000.
There was a single invoice for $144,000. His purchases included the $60,000 charm and another diamond charm for $15,000, a $40,000 diamond watch and diamond bracelets that cost $23,000 and $10,000.
The jeweler’s attorney, Mike Bower, said “we are working with Mr. Bryant’s counsel to work out a resolution.”
Because some of the receipts date to Bryant’s time at Oklahoma State, the NCAA could become involved _ again.
Bryant was suspended from much of the 2009 season, his last, because he lied to the NCAA about having had a meal with Deion Sanders. The meal itself was OK, but the cover-up wasn’t.
Bryant allegedly bought $185,500 of jewelry from Hunt before he was suspended in October 2009.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said Tuesday that in any case involving eligibility of a player after he’s left school the questions are whether school knew “or did they have the processes and compliance and monitoring that they should have known.”
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