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Here is a rundown of the rules set in place for troubled Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant in hopes of keeping him out of trouble and developing in him an air of responsibility and discipline while he represents the Cowboys organization, as reported by ESPN's Calvin Watkins.
• 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.
At first glance, it may seem a little presumptuous of the Dallas franchise to think they can control a grown man in almost every avenue of his life on and off the field. However, when the situation is dissected and Bryant’s long list of indiscretions and "mishaps" involving the law are raised, a different perception arises.
Let’s not forget one key component of the installation of these rules. They could not be carried out had Bryant had not agreed to them himself.
Obviously, there are some issues going on with Bryant internally if he feels that these restrictions are reasonable, and if the franchise believes that they will ultimately lead to his growth as a football player and as a man.
If both sides are in agreement that these rules are a feasible solution to curbing Bryant’s failures on and off the field, then why not embrace them as a temporary way to push Bryant down the right path? If he violates these rules after agreeing to them, then there will be a real problem, but obviously neither he nor his adviser think that this will be the case.
This is not the first time Jerry Jones has given a player a certain set of rules in order for him to become more accountable for his actions and the dark cloud he raises over the Dallas Cowboys’ reputation.
Pacman Jones suffered the same consequences and obviously went on to violate those rules, which consequently exposed him to a six-game suspension and his subsequent release from the franchise altogether.
There is still room for error, but what is more important than the rules themselves is how Bryant’s future will thrive off of the restrictions and the renewed focus on improving himself and his play on the field.
He could actually become the talent we all expected him to become over the next several seasons.