The Dallas Cowboys are implementing a strict set of rules and guidelines for troubled wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2012, hoping they will help him stay out of trouble and on the field as the team hopes to get back to the NFL Playoffs this season. Sources say that the rules went into effect for Bryant this past Thursday, and they are going to stand behind them going forward.
With Bryant getting into trouble a few times in the past already, the Cowboys know that one more run-in with the law could earn him a suspension. They are looking to do everything possible to make sure that does not happen, as the team has high aspirations entering their season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants on September 5.
The rules for Bryant are simple, yet explicit.
* A midnight curfew. If he’s going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.
* No consuming alcohol.
* He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.
* He can’t attend any strip clubs and can only attend nightclubs if they are approved by the team and he has a security team with him.
* Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions.
* A rotating three-man security team, hired by Bryant’s adviser, David Wells, will leave one man with Bryant at all times.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a big supporter on Bryant’s, although even he has brown tired of the receiver’s off the field antics.
“Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team,” Jerry Jones said of Bryant. “He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”
Dallas is used to dealing with problem children, so to speak, and the team has said that certain rules have been put into place for other players in the past, including Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Tank Johnson and countless others. But the new ‘Dez Bryant Rules’ are the reportedly not even strictest set to be designated to any player, at least according to Jones.
“No this is [not] the strictest at all.”
Hopefully, they will work. Although it should be noted that Bryant has been a better teammate according to coaches and players ever since he switched agents. Bryant fired the controversial Drew Rosenhaus and returned to Eugene Parker.
At this point, whatever works is what Dallas is willing to do when it comes to their talented, yet troubled, wide receiver.