We’ve noted that the reports that the Cowboys have created a special list of off-field rules for receiver Dez Bryant could constitute a violation of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players. So it’s not surprising that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is saying that his team hasn’t actually created special rules for Bryant at all.
Asked in a radio interview today if the team had created special rules for Bryant, Jones answered, “no.”
“I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones said on KRLD-FM via the Star-Telegram.
So where did the story come from that Bryant has been told to avoid strip clubs and alcohol, get home by midnight and seek counseling? Jones says it’s just that the Cowboys have urged Bryant to “conform to good behavior, the kind of behavior that the commissioner expects, that society expects and that anybody expects if you’re going to get the opportunities you are.”
Whether Jones is just urging Bryant to do those things, or has created special rules insisting that Bryant do those things, may just be a matter of semantics. What is clear is that if Bryant’s NFL career is going to be a success, he has rules he needs to follow.
“I think it’s pretty clear,” Jones said. “We’ve got behavior rules in the NFL that have been made very clear by the commissioner’s office. And I think it’s real clear that if you don’t abide by the rules of society what happens.”
According to Jones, as long as Bryant abides by the same rules that everyone else abides by, the Cowboys will say he’s doing just fine.