Since the Dallas Cowboys selected Dez Bryant as their 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, things have been anything but dull. They have seen the benefits, such as his most impressive catch radius, and had to deal with his disruptive behavior off the field, the most recent took place on July 20th as he had a Class A misdemeanor charge filed against him by his mother for assaulting her.
Though his mother, Angela Bryant, changed her mind and didn’t want to press charges, the county district attorney’s office in Dallas is still reviewing the case. Also, Jerry Jones were not impressed by the situation and decided to technically give Bryant an ultimatum in the form of strict guidelines he must follow if he wants to stay with the Dallas Cowboys.
The rules were agreed upon by Dez Bryant and the organization, which went into effect August 23rd as the team returned to Dallas from several weeks of training camp, according to sources. What will be interesting to see is if Bryant will be able to abide the strict guidelines or not. The rules may not appear to be severe to your average person but a lot of times when an individual is told they cannot do something, they immediately want to.
According to sources, some of the “commandments” he must follow are: 1. Thou shall not break the midnight curfew. Team officials must be notified in advance if he is going to miss it. 2. Thou shall not consume alcohol. 3. Thou shall not attend any strip clubs. Also, he can only attend nightclubs if they are approved by the team and have a security team with him. 4. Thou must attend counseling sessions at least twice a week. 5. Thou must have a security team with him. It will be a rotating three-man security team that will have one man with Bryant at all times. 6. Thou must have members of the security team drive him to games, team functions and practices.
The guidelines seem to sound as if a grown man needs a babysitting service to keep him out of trouble; Jerry Jones looks at it differently. The Cowboys owner/general manager feels Bryant wants to do anything he can to help himself and the team to succeed. “Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team. He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”
Jones is no stranger to having players on the team demonstrating interesting character examples since he bought the team in 1989. He was asked that with past players that made things challenging for the organization such as Tank Johnson, Michael Irvin and Adam “Pacman” Jones, was this the strictest “probation” he ever handed to one of his players. Jones replied, “No, this is not the strictest at all.”
Dez Bryant Rules
Cowboys have given Dez Bryant behavior rules and how the troubled receiver will deal with them.