Dez Bryant and Dallas Cowboys Agree to Strict Behavioral Rules for Star WR

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sidelines in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 28-20.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Dez Bryant have agreed on terms and rules that would ensure the young star will not ruin the team’s chances of winning this season by screwing up off the field, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.

The behavioral rules have been set up to guarantee that the Cowboys get the best Bryant they possibly can, but to also ensure that if he does screw up and get in trouble with the law again, Dallas will have the right and the ability to cut him loose.

These rules come just a few weeks after Bryant was charged with allegedly assaulting his own mother by hitting her in the face with his hat and ripping her bra in their physical confrontation.

With the latest run-in with police just adding to the young star’s already long list of issues with authority figures, the Cowboys organization is making sure this doesn’t happen again by setting up a strict set of rules for the star to follow.

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones told ESPN Dallas about Bryant’s willingness to go with the new rules brought forth by the franchise:

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.

As for the actual rules themselves, the report from ESPN's Calvin Watkins indicates that they possibly consist of six main points:

  • A midnight curfew.
  • 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.

While these may sound very strict for an adult, this is not the normal case of setting rules up for teaching purposes. Jones and the entire Cowboys organization is tired of the off-field drama and is now ensuring that the message of cooperation is getting through.

Dallas is in a win-now mindset, and having their star wide receiver on the bench serving a suspension is exactly what the team wants to avoid. With a history of handling troubled stars like Michael Irvin to Pacman Jones, the Cowboys have proven that these rules can work when used correctly.

Now that the organization has done everything in its power to make sure the star stays on the straight and narrow, he can now blossom into that megastar on the field that can lead the team to glory.

Now if Bryant only had a security detail to keep him from getting injured.


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