I’m not sure whether I should applaud Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for taking this step or laughing in his face because it was seen as necessary. Dez Bryant was arrested earlier this summer on domestic violence charges after an altercation with his mother. Bryant has a history of minor flare ups and this arrest was seen as sort of a tipping point. Jerry Jones promised that the Cowboys would do whatever it took to attempt to curb Bryant’s behavior. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas broke word of the Cowboys and embattled wide receiver Dez Bryant coming to an agreement on a set of rules and standards he is expected to abide by for the foreseeable future. Follow the link for the details.
- A midnight curfew. If he’s going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance
- No drinking alcohol
- He can’t attend any strip clubs and can only attend nightclubs if they are approved by the team and he has a security team with him
- He must attend counseling sessions twice a week
- A rotating three-man security team will leave one man with Bryant at all times
- Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions
When asked if this was the strictest guidelines ever placed upon a specific player, Jerry Jones replied with, “No this is (not) the strictest at all.”
Similar restrictions were put in place during Adam “Pacman” Jones’ tenure with the team. That situation ended with Pacman getting into a fistfight with one of the members of his security team while out on the town one late evening. He was subsequently suspended soon after.
The fact that Dez agreed to these guidelines illustrates a willingness to change his ways. Let’s hope that this effort to keep him out of trouble is successful and Bryant finally reaches his full potential on the football field.