When news broke that the Dallas Cowboys had created off-the-field rules for wide receiver Dez Bryant, one of the first questions that came to my mind was – why would the Cowboys go to the media with this information?
Now it appears that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is trying to discredit or completely deny those reports. Jones said during a Tuesday radio appearance on KRLD-FM that the team didn’t create any of the Dez Bryant rules, which the media has been widely reporting.
When asked if the Cowboys made those rules for Bryant, Jones responded, “no.”
“I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones said. “Fundamentally Dez does, and I’m convinced, want to do many things that give him the opportunity to get on track the way he needs to, both on and off the field.”
Bryant’s off-the-field issues have been well documented since college and most recently spiked when he was arrested for allegedly striking his mother during a domestic dispute. Jones said the team didn’t create special rules for Bryant and the only rules in place are the ones set forth by the NFL and the Cowboys.
“We’re fully supportive of him, his family, his mother and we want to do anything in that direction we can,” said Jones. “As far as specifics of rules, I think just rules that let him concentrate on what he’s doing on the field and let him do his work and not have the distractions of not doing it right off the field.”
Whether or not Jones is actually doing some damage control, I think these types of things should be kept in house and not leave the confines of the Cowboys locker room and management offices. Jones was pretty clear that if Bryant doesn’t clean his act up, the team would go forward without him.
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