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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Emmitt Smith is overcome with emotion on stage after he was announced as one of the newest enhrinees into the Hall of Fame during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Former Dallas Cowboys running back and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith was reluctant to speak about Dez Bryant Wednesday at a golf outing in Lake Tahoe. "There's enough people commenting on it, anyway, anything I do is going to be piling on," the NFL's all-time leading rusher told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Bryant was arrested Monday for allegedly assaulting his mother on Saturday at her home in DeSoto, Texas. Smith then decided to open up a little more about the current Cowboys wide receiver. And when he did, Smith pointed to the 23-year-old's maturity and the need for outsiders to have patience with him. "That's a level of maturity that must take place," Smith said. "This is where people have to be patient with people like Dez or younger players. Everybody has to mature. Sometimes, some folks mature a lot quicker than others. I mean, that's just something everybody has to be patient for. "Just pray that the guy understands and gets it at some point. Because if he doesn't, he's definitely messing with his future and he's messing with his ability to really connect with the fans." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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