ESPN writer Howard Bryant arrested in front of Massachusetts pizzeria for domestic assault on estranged wife, hitting police officer trying to subdue him.
First Dominic Carter beat his wife up, now Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN, is in the news for domestic violence. According to The Republican, Bryant, who is black, was arrested in front of a pizzeria in Buckland, MA, Saturday night and charged with assaulting his estranged wife, Veronique Bryant, who is white, as well as hitting a police officer who tried to subdue him.
Howard Bryant, 42, of Hawley Road in Ashfield, was arrested at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday and charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, said state Trooper T.J. Tudryn of the Shelburne Falls barracks.
Five witnesses gave statements saying they saw a man arguing with a woman, police said. They said he choked her and pushed her into a car, Tudryn said.When police arrived, he argued with them and struck Trooper Brian Doak in the chest with his elbow, Tudryn said. Doak was not injured. “He pulled away from the police officers when they were trying to handcuff him,” Tudryn said. “He was uncooperative and resistant.”Source
It reportedly took four officers to subdue this man, so imagine what he would or could have done to his estranged wife. It is shameful that his bail is a paltry $5,000, which if he had to post 10 percent, would have been a laughable $500. It’s time domestic abusers stop getting a slap on their wrists. I would venture to say, this isn’t the first time he got physical with his wife. The court system should ensure that this is the last time he ever does something like that again.
UPDATE#1: Now we are hearing cries of racism coming from Howard Bryant’s attorney. According to The Republican, Bryant’s attorney, Buz Eisenberg, said the police overreacted to the “verbal altercation” because it involved a black man and a white woman. He told the newspaper, “This case is about the fact that racism still exists in America, and Howard Bryant is a victim of it.” How convenient it is to pull out the race card every time something crazy happens. Here’s the sad thing, his estranged wife agreed that the police overreacted. The victim standing up for her abuser. Where have I seen this before? Dominic Carter and his wife, Marilyn Carter. Same thing. Never mind the fact that witnesses reported that Bryant choked his wife and pushed her into a car, the newspaper said. If it was just a verbal altercation, why did it take officers three minutes to subdue him? Excuses, excuses, excuses. Pulling the race card is getting really tired right now.