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Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant had to change his lifestyle to stay in Dallas

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Bryant makes a one handed catch in the San Diego Chargers end zone but steps out of bounds, during their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego Reuters

Although Jerry Jones has denied that the Cowboys have a special set of off-field rules for receiver Dez Bryant, Jones acknowledges that he laid down the law with Bryant about the way Bryant lived his life.

Asked if Bryant had to accept a firm set of rules to stay on the team, Jones hedged. But Jones did say the Cowboys made it clear to Bryant that they expected him to change his lifestyle.

That’s a fair question, but I don’t know the answer,” Jones told USA Today. “But let me say this: To be on the Dallas Cowboys, he needed to show that he was serious about altering his lifestyle.”

Jones also suggested that Bryant’s advisor David Wells and agent Eugene Parker were the ones who really insisted that Bryant change his life.

“Dez needed to show his constituents that he was serious, and meant business,” Jones said.

Jones seems to believe that Bryant does mean business, and that Bryant won’t be in any more off-field trouble. Only time will tell if that lasts.

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33 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant had to change his lifestyle to stay in Dallas”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 14, 2012 7:58 AM

    Like to see Dez put it together off the field because he is a very good wide recevier. Kind of get the feeling it’s just a matter of time before something else happens.

  2. thegonz13 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:09 AM

    They also had “rules” for one Pacman Jones. That didn’t work out too well either!

  3. Max says: Sep 14, 2012 8:11 AM

    Seems like the both his handlers and the cowboys are working to get Dez’s mindset on track… When you grow up in the ghetto and are accustomed to that lifestyle from day one those attitudes and behavioral issues just don’t just go away, its going to take work, and he will have to surround himself with the right people. Hopefully this works out, because it sounds like his handlers are not the usual scum.

  4. billsfan1 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:29 AM

    The only way this works longterm is if Dez WANTS to change his lifestyle. I would doubt that is the case but it could happen. It wont work if he doesnt want to ultimately change

  5. vikesfansteve says: Sep 14, 2012 8:32 AM

    Jones & Irsay both have the same problem, don’t drink and do interviews. Now clean my glasses.

  6. patfic15 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:34 AM

    Seriously kid. Get your head on straight. Kick that handout family of yours out and start over. Break the cycle.

  7. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    Not to be an apologist. But a lot of us didn’t grow up in the dysfunctional, poverty-stricken environment that a lot of these players have. I wonder how many of you could go from – no direction in life, no strong father figure, surrounded by crime, drug abuse, and sadness TO millions in income, national wide attention, media scrutiny for everything you do, the ability to buy and do whatever you want, oh and also be a physical specimen. Pretty sure most people would be a little “messed up”.

  8. titosanoxy says: Sep 14, 2012 8:37 AM

    Dez will get it sorted out. Just gotta mature a little bit. At least he wants to succeed and is making changes.

  9. mpayne12 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:41 AM

    And in order for the cowboys to ever make a run in the playoffs Jerry Jones needs to change his lifestyle.

  10. ahs2 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:42 AM

    “Eugene Parker” is all that I needed to hear. Dez will be out of the NFL in 2-3 years depending on the tolerance of the team that picks him up after Jerruh releases him in Jan…

  11. tmac4454 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:51 AM

    Michael Irvin, Leon Lett, Sam Hurd & among others all played for Jerrah aka Jenny Jones. Now this player (Dez Bryant) you can’t save them all Jerrah.

  12. h3min1230 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:55 AM

    Sometimes I feel like this guy just talks to hear himself say “Cowboys.”

  13. tdubdizzle says: Sep 14, 2012 9:01 AM

    Something tells me Dez Bryant is going to come back better than ever. This eras Randy Moss type,he plays better under severe scrutiny.

  14. franklamar17 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Man came from a tough childhood ,I’m pulling for him we all need 2,3 sometimes 4 chances to get it right.

  15. regisphilbin says: Sep 14, 2012 9:08 AM

    Good thing they didn’t draft “cash money” for the character concerns. You know, he only had 100+ TD’s and will end with about 60 more than Dez.

  16. gmen5280 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    A leopard doesn’t change its spots.

  17. KL0313 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:14 AM

    Dez should hire a personal eyeglass wiper.

  18. bringbackkosar says: Sep 14, 2012 9:20 AM

    another grown man who needs a babysitter in order to function. America’s Team

  19. cowboys8819 says: Sep 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    I hope he changes we definitely need him out there!

  20. dallashomer says: Sep 14, 2012 10:00 AM

    The Texas Rangers have stronger rules for Josh Hamilton. That seems to be working out pretty well for both parties.

  21. starfan79 says: Sep 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    Pacman was kicked off the team after he failed to change his lifestyle, his handler David Wells is the problem.. Long time family friend. I get the feeling he does not have Dez’s best interest in mind

  22. johnniemayes says: Sep 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    Josh McDaniels got one thing right in Denver, drafting Demaryius Thomas over Dez Bryant. Kudos

  23. hehateme1 says: Sep 14, 2012 10:22 AM

    I think jerry needs to change his lifestyle.. Its called wipe off your own glasses.

  24. enrifer says: Sep 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    He is in a contract year, he will be fine let’s see if Jerry pays him at the end of the year.

  25. seahawksnation4life says: Sep 14, 2012 11:11 AM

    It’s still early, change doesn’t happen over night Jerry.

  26. ericn42000 says: Sep 14, 2012 11:42 AM

    Why is this still being talked about move on jerry we got football to Play! If anything should be talked about is the Seattle Seahawks

  27. gmsalpha says: Sep 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    It’s funny how even the threat of losing your job as an NFL player and basically ruining your career and everything you’ve worked hard your whole life for is not always a deterrent to some guys.

    Everyone is different. Some change, some don’t. I always root for the positive change, no matter what, so I am completely supportive of Dez becoming the MAN he needs to be, and not just the PLAYER he wants to be.

    Good luck Dez.

  28. granadafan says: Sep 14, 2012 12:10 PM

    First order of bizness is ditch the posses, gangbangers, entourages, and loser family members who all just have their hands out. If they need help with bettering themselves through education or classes, then fine. However, no free money, diamonds, or luxury cars.

  29. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 14, 2012 12:19 PM

    I’ll tell you who doesn’t need to change his lifestyle – RGIII. RGIII eats Subway sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. RGIII also has been known to have an alternative lifestyle afterhours, but we won’t go there…

  30. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 14, 2012 12:51 PM

    First know I am a fan of DEZ and really hope he can put it together both on and off the field!

    The post above talking about the environment that he was brought up in is nuts. He wasnt brought up in Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, or even New York he was raised in little Lukin Texas!!!!!!!!!!

    Not saying he had a cake walk upbringing but he is a man now and needs to be held accountable for his actions or lack of them!!!!!

  31. billsfan1 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:45 PM

    Not to be an apologist. But a lot of us didn’t grow up in the dysfunctional, poverty-stricken environment that a lot of these players have. I wonder how many of you could go from – no direction in life, no strong father figure, surrounded by crime, drug abuse, and sadness TO millions in income, national wide attention, media scrutiny for everything you do, the ability to buy and do whatever you want, oh and also be a physical specimen. Pretty sure most people would be a little “messed up

    and not alot of people are handed college educations for free and millions of dollars, yet we some how make it all work

  32. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 14, 2012 4:39 PM

    Everytime a player screws up well he grew up in the Slums and so on and so on.

    Did they not play in college last time I checked not many D1 schools in hood is OK State in the hood?
    He had four years of having his butt wiped in college and he is not man enough to live in the real world he is nothing but a punk and he will get in trouble again and again.

    Victor Cruz grew up in the slums he is not in trouble getting locked up hitting folks.

    Cut the excuses for these spoiled little brats.

  33. wakiash says: Sep 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    Maybe Jerry should ask Mike Gundy how he kept Dez under control!

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