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Dez Bryant’s mentor says Jerry Jones endorsed new rules

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So Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denies there are special rules for Dez Bryant.

Perfect.

Well, except for a couple things, not the least of which is the possibility that he’s already endorsed it.

Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com just tweeted a quote from David Wells, Bryant’s oft-quoted mentor, from the Ben & Skin Show on 103.3 ESPN Radio.

“Jerry Jones is in great support of this system and said, ‘Let’s get it done.’”

Now, I’m no legal scholar. But that sounds kind of like there might be special rules, and that Jones knows about them, perhaps even commissioned their creation, or at least didn’t mind.

Head coach Jason Garrett has also talked about them at length, making odd the idea that they don’t exist.

“Like we’ve talked before, we want to support Dez Bryant and we want to support Dez Bryant’s family and do anything that we can as an organization using our players assistance, players development program to help him, just like we would with any player,” Garrett said Monday, via ESPNDallas.com. “The balance with all is you want to support them and you want to help them but you also want to hold them accountable. We feel like we do that throughout our organization, with all our guys. We believe in player development and we believe in helping them as football players on the field and as people off the field.

“What we’ve tried to do is come up with a plan for Dez, like we would for any player who we feel like needs our support and help him be his best as a player and as a person. And the accountability factor is an important part of that with him and with anybody on our football team.”

Now, the clause “like we would with any player,” might be the operative loophole, but that’s a skinny one to try to push this situation through.

Mostly, it defies the laws of common sense, which Jones apparently thinks the rest of us lack.

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17 Responses to “Dez Bryant’s mentor says Jerry Jones endorsed new rules”
  1. joetoronto says: Aug 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Keep digging that hole, Jerrah.

  2. kmg1016 says: Aug 28, 2012 1:07 PM

    Considering the incredibly difficult circumstances in which he grew up, it’s hard to see why PFT is insensitively trying to paint the Cowboys’ efforts to provide Bryant with some desperately-needed life structure as a potential CBA violation. Whoever made “the rules” and is paying for the security deal is of zero consequence if Bryant’s able to get and keep his life on track. Try to keep an eye on the big picture rather than the CBA minutiae every once in awhile. Thanks…

  3. bluebongzilla says: Aug 28, 2012 1:12 PM

    We’ve already been through this with Pacman. It’s only an issue with the media and others that have no common sense.

  4. hanspard says: Aug 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    I’m not sure how this violates anything, or is that rare for that matter. The Raiders just hired a guy who will specialize in counselling/life skills/whatever. I’m guessing lots of teams have some form of this. And why are reporters complaining about this? They are the first to whine when a player gets arrested and then they say the team should do something. So…the team is doing something. Leave it alone.

  5. abninf says: Aug 28, 2012 1:21 PM

    So what, they’re trying to keep the kid out of trouble and help the dude grow up. He was raised by a freacking crack dealer. Stop having a hissyfit over this.

  6. bigdinla says: Aug 28, 2012 1:35 PM

    Darin, I think you are missing the point and just trying to start crap. Read what Jerry said. The Cowboys are not forcing Dez to live by these rules; they can’t. Jerry endorses the set of rules that they want Dez to follow. Shocker! Try being an unbiased journalist instead of a bleacher report writer.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    These all sound like special requests to me, not special rules; big difference. One set is legal and one is not, that’s what Jerry is talking about. He probably suggested some ideas and gave his opinion to Dez about how to run his life and told him he was willing to assist him in any way if that’s what he wishes to do of his own accord. He’s even willing to help him design and build the infrastructure of that plan. There is no talk about new rules however, so Jerry is confused as to what the media is talking about since that’s totally not what’s happening here. In legal terms.

  8. sabatimus says: Aug 28, 2012 1:48 PM

    I get the flack for Jerry contradicting himself (Jerry being Jerry, business as usual). But you know what? It wouldn’t surprise me if this somehow violated the CBA. It would be just like the owners to screw the players in this way.

  9. seahawksdan72 says: Aug 28, 2012 2:01 PM

    im sure if this is what it takes for dez to become a man and stay out of trouble,cowboy fans are all aboard

  10. purpleguy says: Aug 28, 2012 2:05 PM

    This rule-gate issue isn’t a big deal at all, but if the Cowboy fans apologizing for Jerry’s rules think they are established as some sort of magnanamous gesture to solve Bryant’s internal problems, they’re on crack — Jerry is doing this to protect his investment.

  11. thejuddstir says: Aug 28, 2012 2:07 PM

    “The balance with all is you want to support them and you want to help them but you also want to hold them accountable.”………..
    —————————————————–
    It’s been 3 yrs now, when does the “accountability “factor kick in, or is that phase 10 of this so called “plan”.

  12. corvusrex96 says: Aug 28, 2012 3:59 PM

    Anyway you slice it Dez is on Work Release/House Arrest. I don’t see how hiring security guards makes him accountable.

    It does however ensure he will not be in trouble and be available to play on Sundays which is the only thing this team (and any other) care about.

    If he wasn’t a potential key piece of the Cowboys plans I highly doubt they would be going out of their way to offer “support” Dez Bryant

  13. florida727 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:40 PM

    I agree (sort of) with “corvus”. It’s okay to have people check on him to make sure he’s staying on the proverbial straight-and-narrow, but at some point Bryant needs to grow up and act like a man… a man being paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 28, 2012 5:05 PM

    Garrett saying we have to keep an eye on this cray cray fool 24-7 to make sure he doesn’t get in trouble and can help this team win on the field.

  15. mayerobeyer says: Aug 28, 2012 6:47 PM

    Jerry denied the team created them…which is true. The rules were created by Dez and his people. Self imposed. Like any good owner would he agreed that they would be good for Dez. He didn’t lie as this hack job of a writer is insinuating. You should probably read the report before you try to reference it. Typical PFT anti-Jerry bias.

  16. sidneyz says: Aug 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    Just the fact that u have to go to these lengths to keep a player from getting in trouble is ridiculous. Dez is a grown man an he’s not gonna change unless he really wants to. Good luck with the baby sitting!

  17. bobhk says: Aug 28, 2012 8:00 PM

    kmg1016 says:
    Aug 28, 2012 1:07 PM
    Considering the incredibly difficult circumstances in which he grew up, it’s hard to see why PFT is insensitively trying to paint the Cowboys’ efforts to provide Bryant with some desperately-needed life structure as a potential CBA violation. Whoever made “the rules” and is paying for the security deal is of zero consequence if Bryant’s able to get and keep his life on track. Try to keep an eye on the big picture rather than the CBA minutiae every once in awhile. Thanks…
    —————-
    While it’s admirable that someone is trying to give him structure in his life and help him, I am unclear why someone would need it.
    A grown human being, who had a rough upbringing, needs someone to tell him where not to go and what not to do. These are called good choices and a 21+ year old person should be able to make them. Afterall, if he’s seen rough side of life, he should know what not to do to repeat it.

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