Maybe Dez Bryant can run loose through the middle of the night after all.
Two days after ESPN Dallas reported the franchise had instituted strict personal behavior rules for the volatile wide receiver, owner Jerry Jones says it’s not the case. The report indicated three security men had been hired to one was with Bryant at all times. He’s to have a curfew and he cannot consume alcohol or frequent strip joints, among other restrictions.
“We’ve given no detail. I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones told KRLD-FM, according to the Dallas Morning News. “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.
“I think any of this talk or any of these references to what he is going to be doing or what he is not going to be doing, I think in general, it’s one that would say just let’s 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. He does believe he has a great opportunity.
“We’re fully supportive of him, his family, his mother and we want to do anything in that direction that we can. 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.”
Asked further about the matter and the security team, Jones balked.
“I’m not going to discuss any of the rules because that implies that there’s a certain set of rules and I don’t know that that’s correct either,” Jones said. “Really, just by the nature of it, it’s not one you would discuss. We have rules on behavior in the NFL. We have rules on behavior at the Cowboys as well. I’m not so sure there’s been any new rule created here.”
Then, Jones clammed up on the issue altogether. Makes you a little more curious about what is going on there, doesn’t it?
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