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

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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”.

  4. “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…

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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!!!!!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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