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Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Says He Gave Away His Pet Monkey

Erika Fleury August 11, 2016

Dez Bryant is no longer the proud owner of a capuchin monkey.

In an interview with KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket, the Cowboys receiver said he had to give Dallas Bryant, his pet monkey, away to a friend in the country. "But I get to see him," Bryant said.

Bryant attracted plenty of headlines last year when it was learned that he owned a pet monkey. And PETA even tried unsuccessfully to get DeSoto authorities to remove the animal from his home.

Image courtesy TMZ

Even though Dallas is no longer in Bryant's home, where he and his brother took care of it, Dez shared some fond memories with The Ticket. "He was one of us, the monkey was one of us," Bryant said. "He got pure-A1 treatment."

The receiver did not explain why he gave the pet away.

Bryant said he got the monkey out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "I always wanted a monkey and I got him," he said.

Bryant was asked if he ever got a picture of Dallas doing Dez's famed "throw up the X" celebration. Nope. If only.

So does a pet monkey even recognize you when you come in the door? "Yeah, he recognizes me," Bryant told The Ticket. "I gave him his name."

Here's to you, Dallas Bryant. May you live forever in Dez's heart, even if you're not in Dez's home anymore.

- Dallas News

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