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Cowboys enact set of behavioral rules for Dez Bryant

Cowboys wide receiver Harris and wide receiver Bryant celebrate Harris' touchdown against St. Louis Rams in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Several times this month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made sure to publicly announce that wide receiver Dez Bryant knew that there would be serious consequences to continued bad behavior away from the football field.

In order to help Bryant steer clear of such behavior, the Cowboys have recently put into place a set of guidelines for Bryant regarding his conduct away from the field. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that Bryant has agreed to avoid alcohol and strip clubs while abiding by a midnight curfew and attending two counseling sessions each week. There will also be a rotating three-man security team that will leave one man with Bryant at all times in addition to driving him to games and practices.

The rules went into place on August 23rd when the Cowboys returned from training camp in California and will remain in place indefinitely. Jones said that these aren’t the strictest protocols put in place for a player since he’s owned the team, although not every instance has worked out to the team’s satisfcation. Adam Jones’ Cowboys tenured was marred by a fight with one of his team-issued bodyguards that led to a suspension. One of Bryant’s advisers will select the security team this year.

Jones also said that Bryant, who didn’t play against the Rams on Sunday, has been a willing partner in the process.

“Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team,” Jones said. “He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”

Bryant’s willingness to agree to these rules, as well as his decision to engage former Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek as a mentor, bodes well for Bryant’s ability to mature into the person and player the team would like him to be now and in the future.

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  1. 13fitzj says: Aug 26, 2012 12:10 PM

    It’s embarrassing that people have to do things like this for a grown man.

  2. Charles says: Aug 26, 2012 12:11 PM

    Sounds like the Pac Man rules.

  3. mr4thand1 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:12 PM

    Babysitters……..just what a grown @ss man needs!

  4. powayslugger says: Aug 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    WTF… organized babysitting for little Dezzie Bryant?

    Isn’t he man enough to actually be responsible for his actions?

    Prediction: Three years after this “kid” leaves the NFL he will be flat broke and in jail.

  5. tx526 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    Amazing how you have to treat a grown man somewhere between a child and a criminal and yet still continue to pay him millions. What a great profession these men have.

  6. mikeyhigs says: Aug 26, 2012 12:15 PM

    That sounds like a colossal failure of a plan. I predict a major incident sparked by a Dez temper tantrum by week 7

  7. nfloracle says: Aug 26, 2012 12:16 PM

    How old is Dez Bryant? Is he totally incapable of self-control?

    Geez, I wonder if Jerry’s going to hire three guys for three shifts to help Dez take a leak?

  8. sabatimus says: Aug 26, 2012 12:16 PM

    Purely from a contract perspective, aren’t these rules inherently voluntary? I mean, the Cowboys can’t simply write them into his contract, right?

  9. derfshambeaux says: Aug 26, 2012 12:17 PM

    What a joke, grown man needs 3 babysitters.

  10. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 26, 2012 12:18 PM

    I think you have to be borderline mentally ill to require such a massive amount of oversight. Apparently, Bryant can’t even be trusted to simply drive himself to work without a “member of his security team.”

  11. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 26, 2012 12:18 PM

    Dez Briscoe is the best WR named Dez in the NFC East. All he catches are TDs.

  12. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Aug 26, 2012 12:19 PM

    This makes me appreciate fitz mentoring floyd more.

  13. bucrightoff says: Aug 26, 2012 12:20 PM

    Obviously it won’t be his mama enforcing the curfew.

  14. Giantspunk213 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:20 PM

    Wonder what it pays to be an adult babysitter for a multimillionaire.

  15. illadelphiasphinest says: Aug 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    Grow up!!!!

  16. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    This sounds a lot like Adam “paceman” jones. Didn’t he get into a fight with the security guard he had?

  17. norcal031 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    How embarrassing. A grown man “in number only I guess” needs to be babysat. He must be a rageaholic, and can’t live without rageahol. I guess he is more difficult than I thought. I have only heard he got arrested for the mom thing and the sagging in the mall. But if sagging is a crime then I would be in jail for life…..

  18. thisdj84 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    My 5 year old needs less supervision than this guy!!!

  19. mattolikesthevikes says: Aug 26, 2012 12:22 PM

    Gotta babysit the idiot now!!! This set of rules is 2 years too late. This team has giving this guy too many chances and are not holding him responsible for His actions at all. He’s making the cowboys look like a bunch of jackasses.

  20. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 26, 2012 12:24 PM

    It’s really stupid to think that a million dollar athlete needs a freakin babysitter to make sure he stays out of trouble. Try COMMON SENSE! It works for most normal human beings.

  21. dalucks says: Aug 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    Whoa. Not even Terrell Owens or Randy Moss needed that much security.

  22. jbl429 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    Yea, it worked out well last time Jerry Jones put something like this in place…for Pacman Jones.

  23. db105 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:30 PM

    How old is he?

  24. clear2me says: Aug 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    And this guy is an adult?

  25. marionbarber24isgod says: Aug 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    Good, the kid is going to lead a straight life and hopefully turn into an unbelievable football player.

  26. KL0313 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Who’s job is it to burp Dez after they give him a bottle?

  27. screamingsheep69 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    How does that providing a security team not count against the salary cap? They are paying for another service for him.

  28. istateyourname says: Aug 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    Ha! Who are they trying to fool, this won’t work. The last person that tried to be his momma (his actual momma), wound up with a big fat lip. Can’t say she didn’t deserve it, look what kind of person she raised. Jerry’s going to get a big fat lip out of this.

  29. 666foles says: Aug 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    He had to agree with this. Just think wat would happen if he didnt!!!

  30. thejuddstir says: Aug 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    “Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team,” Jones said. “He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”………………….
    ———————————————-
    If he was so “willing”, he wouldn’t need “babysitters”…………but nice spin by Jerrah.

  31. vdogg says: Aug 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Scumbag. He punched his mom. Punched his mom……

  32. gmen5280 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    How sad it is that a grown man has to be treated like a 3 year old. Did Jerry go and kiddie proof Dez’s house also? In all seriousness I do hope Dez learns there is more to life then drinking and strip bars.

  33. broncoderek says: Aug 26, 2012 12:44 PM

    This guy Gunna kiss da baby

  34. skins4me says: Aug 26, 2012 12:45 PM

    TOO FUNNY!!! Who is gonna change his diapers, wipe his butt, give him his bottle or burp him? GROW UP!!

  35. goldrush4949 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:46 PM

    A grown man with curfew and chaperones. Really, Jerry?

  36. icdogg says: Aug 26, 2012 12:46 PM

    They should count the cost of his babysitters against the cap.

  37. slackrman says: Aug 26, 2012 12:49 PM

    This mother puncher needs to figure it out! Nobody likes to be told what to do. Especially millionaires. Especially millionaire athletes. Especially millionaire athlete mother punchers. This will not end well. Get yo’ popcorn ready!

  38. cowgirlh8er says: Aug 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    Does he have a designater diaper changer, too?

  39. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    “The Cowboys have recently put into place a set of guidelines for Bryant regarding his conduct away from the field.”

    Pacman crap all over again……

  40. raider2124 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    When was the last time a “white” player needed a security detail like this. Oh yeah former presidents. Bryant is another out of control punk, who like the rest of Obama voters cannot and will not take responsibility for their actions. Enjoy the “new” America

  41. rockthered1286 says: Aug 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    Glad my team isn’t going to such extreme lengths to keep an average WR out of trouble. Bet he gets knocked everyday for it too in the locker room and most definitely will on the field all season.

    Someone call Ray Lewis up. He’s got another one to mentor.

  42. PriorKnowledge says: Aug 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    Men really don’t become adults until after about 28. Before that time, testosterone trumps maturity. Ask the insurance companies. They say it is 26. I think it is more like 28. “A man’s got to know his limitations” as Dirty Harry said in Magnum Force.

  43. cowboyscanada says: Aug 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    Good proactive move by the Cowboys. Its clear that Dez is immature and the team is helping him.
    In the long run, this could be the best move by the Cowboys to give Dez a fighting chance.
    People have to remember that a lot of these guys come from nothing and then all of a sudden they are given a boatload of money and expected to handle it. The immature ones need help. Great move by Dallas!
    All the Haters can keep on hating,,,maybe turn your attention to the Saints fiasco!

  44. polegojim says: Aug 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    Dump the loser…for crying out loud – Seriously???

  45. essentialsausage says: Aug 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    Who is going to wipe him?

  46. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    wow, can’t stop laughing at this one….ok it’s time to pull the report cards on these fools…
    let’s see…

    tony romo= small greasy hands….C+
    Jason Garret=sock puppet…………C-
    Jerry Jones= one face lift away from looking like the Joker…………………………………….C-
    Rob Ryan= one twinkie away from eclipsing the sun……………………………………………….D+
    Jason Witten= the man is suffering….B+
    Dez Bryant=mommas boy………………..F
    Cowboy nation= uninformed self diluting rubes with tobacco stained teeth………………..F-

  47. nypd1056 says: Aug 26, 2012 1:18 PM

    Why will the team have to pay for his babysitters. The team proivides a list of names of babysitters and Dez will select who he wants and he foots the bill.

  48. yooperman says: Aug 26, 2012 1:19 PM

    No wonder Jerry doesn’t want to pay the refs. He has to hire 3 people to baby sit one. Does their pay go againt the salary cap? This could be a great way to get around the salary cap. We’ll give 10 mil a year plus a driver, cook, personal assistant, accountant, gardener, and 2 unnamed posistions filled by the females of your choice.

  49. tombstone7 says: Aug 26, 2012 1:22 PM

    First of all, the ONLY way to get Dez Bryant’s attention and for him to do the right thing is to cut him. Give him the money and part ways. Dez Bryant is not worth the trouble that he brings to the team.

    When he refused advice from HOF’er Drew Pearson, that said a lot about him, DP. Dez Bryant will wake up on the day the Cowgurls cut him and he is out of football and doesn’t have the game anymore.

    I would give EVERYTHING I have to the team that payed me to be a part of the NFL. This guy isn’t humble. Cut him now and humble his butt and then watch the fallout. Some people are beyond help and Dez Bryant is one of them.

    Sounds judgmental? Yeah, but I grow weary of prima donnas that haven’t won jack and act like they are all that and a bag of Fritos! Just what Championship team has Dez Bryant played for since little league?

    The Cowgurls should fire the GM that drafted Dez Bryant? Wait a minute, that’s JJ. that explains it!

  50. tombstone7 says: Aug 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    ……’that said a lot about Dez Bryant, NOT DP!”…sorry for the typo!

  51. laeaglefan says: Aug 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    “Prediction: Three years after this “kid” leaves the NFL he will be flat broke and in jail”

    Probably more like three weeks!

    Is this guy really so good that he’s worth this much trouble? I can’t see it.

  52. bhails says: Aug 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    How old is he? 5? I’m guessing he doesn’t see this as an embarrassment for a grown man.

  53. mcwest1 says: Aug 26, 2012 1:59 PM

    Why is this even public knowledge? Shouldn’t the Cowboys (Jerky Jones) keep something like this behind closed doors? Shame on you Jerky Jones.

  54. thatswhatimsayin says: Aug 26, 2012 2:06 PM

    I forgot. How many chaperones does Tim Tebow have?

  55. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    This is the same strategy that they used on Pac Man Jones,Was`nt that unsuccessful?????

  56. briang123 says: Aug 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    I have seen Dez Bryant’s future. It is T.O. without the huge career stats and Plaxico Burress without the Super Bowl winning-highlight. In the meantime, call me when he actually does something of note ON the field.

  57. leroysbutler says: Aug 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    raider2124 says:
    Aug 26, 2012 12:58 PM
    When was the last time a “white” player needed a security detail like this. Oh yeah former presidents. Bryant is another out of control punk, who like the rest of Obama voters cannot and will not take responsibility for their actions. Enjoy the “new” America

    ————————————————–
    Hey you effing racist, why don’t you move to Idaho and live in a bomb shelter with the rest of the lowlifes.

    Or better yet, move to a “better country”.

  58. richndc says: Aug 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    He never punched anyone. Read his story. You are the scumbag for spreading lies, like the little boy in kindergarten who always tattled. Find out more about someone before you judge. People like you root for Big Ben, who raped a young girl of 19 after pouring tequila down her throat.

  59. fdugrad says: Aug 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    As the immortal philosopher B. Bunny says ” It is to laugh.”

  60. macwomack says: Aug 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Isn’t a free “security detail” or baby sitter – or whatever basically giving the player something of value and therefore skirting the salary cap rules?

  61. wgward says: Aug 26, 2012 3:15 PM

    From a Cowboy’s PR standpoint, it would have been better to just dump the guy?

  62. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    I hope Mr. Mara looks into this as this should go againest the cap.

    Also thank god we have Victor Cruz who also did not have the worlds greatest childhood but he grew up and is not a hoodlum

    This did not work with pacman jones and I am sure it will fail for dez

    If its broke it is broke toss it away

  63. thejuddstir says: Aug 26, 2012 4:08 PM

    Mama can’t conrol dez, Jerrah can’t control dex, college couldn’t control dez….what makes u think some high priced babysitters can?

  64. joerevs300 says: Aug 26, 2012 4:13 PM

    What the Cowboys need most of all is LEADERSHIP.

    If you’re having to babysit your star WR, I would not call that exhibiting good leadership.

    You know, I was pissed off beyond believe when O’Donnell handed SB30 to Dallas.

    Now, all these years later, it’s amazing that it’s the last time Dallas managed to win a playoff game. Could you imagine the Yankees not winning a postseason series for 15 years? In terms of popularity, that’s about where this is in NFL terms.

    America’s Team? Yeah, not with these kind of results.

  65. keithbangedyermom says: Aug 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    This says more about the entitlement professional athletes receive than it does Bryant. It’s beyond ridiculous in both regards.

  66. theboysofdallas says: Aug 26, 2012 11:45 PM

    I’m sure all of u will shut up when he is torching every corner in the NFC east

  67. bluebongzilla says: Aug 26, 2012 11:57 PM

    “You know, I was pissed off beyond believe when O’Donnell handed SB30 to Dallas.

    Now, all these years later, it’s amazing that it’s the last time Dallas managed to win a playoff game.

    America’s Team? Yeah, not with these kind of results.”

    Do you people really pay attention to the NFL? I find it amazing that you have 5 thumbs up and 3 thumbs down as I type this.

    Well guess what. The Cowboys won a playoff game against the Eagles on January 9, 2010. The only other NFCE team to win a playoff game since then is the Giants. You have no more standing to criticize the Cowboys for the “America’s Team” thing than you have to comment on the Cowboys’ playoff record, of which you obviously have no clue.

    P.S. They STILL have more playoff wins than YOUR team. The tears of haters taste like cherry Dr. Pepper.

  68. bluebongzilla says: Aug 27, 2012 12:08 AM

    It’s called “17 TD’s in 15 starts”, guys. That’s why you don’t cut a Dez Bryant. Doesn’t the NFL have some real criminals you could be hating on?

  69. fullbagg says: Aug 27, 2012 7:55 AM

    Repeating an action, expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

    Jerry World is a wonderful place! Just drink the Koolade!

    Don’t worry Chuck! Lucy won’t move the ball!!

  70. covercorner says: Aug 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    Why does a grown man need a babysitter?

    Do the babysitters sleep over too?

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