On Tuesday a story “broke” regarding an interview Jerry Jones did where he said that although he considers Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to be an established player, he said Bryant still needs to “keep his guard up”. Here’s the article…
Here are some of the key guidelines that were set for Dez Bryant back before the 2012 season started:
- A midnight curfew. If he’s going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.
- ·No alcohol.
- ·He can’t attend strip clubs and can only attend nightclubs if they are approved by the team and has a security team with him.
- ·He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.
- ·A rotating three-man security team will leave one man with Bryant at all times.
- ·Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions.
Curfew is standard, no problem there. No alcohol isn’t really something that they can police between when the Cowboys are eliminated from playoff contention week 15 and whenever minicamp starts, so I’m sure Dez knows how to get around that. The strip club thing always cracks me up anyway…If you’re an athlete who is in crazy good shape and has millions of dollars there are plenty of other places to find women to who will fuck you other than strip clubs. (And you’ll get much fewer STDs in the process) So no problem there either, and if the Cowboys can afford the security more power to them. The counseling sessions I don’t know much about, but they are probably good for a guy like Bryant. A rotating security team leaving one man with Bryant at all times, here again for his own good. And most of these guys have somebody drive them everywhere anyway, so it’s hard for me to view this as an attack on the dude’s freedom because at least he’s got somebody to pay for it. In summation, these are all pretty fair rules.
Because we are all guilty until proven innocent in this country, we have the tendency to give people more than their fair share of second chances when it comes to just about everything. Rich athletes get the biggest breaks out of anybody, because we root for them if they are on our favorite teams.
Dez Bryant is one of those guys. It would be hard to argue that he doesn’t have so many issues he could probably sit on a news stand. All of these rules tem from an incident back in 2012 where he be allegedly beat his own Mom. And to guys like me who don’t really pay attention to the draft, our first recognition of Dez Bryant was how the Miami Dolphins asked him if his mother had ever been a prostitute during the pre-draft questioning process. Bryant was sued in March 2011 for $861,350 for legal fees and the cost of jewelry he allegedly took without payment. You lump all of this information with the fact that Bryant made the unfortunate decision to go ahead and choose to wear number 88 for the Cowboys, and he certainly hasn’t set out to become a very pastel version of what it means to be an NFL receiver that is loved by the public. And of course race comes into play here as well. This doesn’t look good on the surface because it’s an old, rich white man setting all of these guidelines for a younger African American male. But what’s important to remember that old, rich white man is paying that younger African American male a substantial amount of money to catch a football. When there is that type of frailty involved, you can see how these should be acceptable business practices for anyone on the team. Since “Just don’t be a douchebag” is something that the NFLPA will probably take offense to (in addition to the douchebag community’s overflowing demand for recognition of their manufactured outrage) you can’t just let a guy like Bryant police himself. Plus, nobody really adheres to that method of thinking to begin with anymore. Where as thirty years ago, a lot of this stuff was just assumed and staying out of trouble was seen as a respectable thing.
Also, if Jones said that he considers Bryant to be an established player but still wants eyes on him 24/7 – that should tell you something about Dez Bryant’s character. The fact that he’s not a rookie anymore but still needs to be watched as if he slept through the rookie symposium presentation regarding off the field behavior might shine a little bit of light on why he’s being watched so closely by team management. This guy is obviously up to something, and anyone saying otherwise is just giving the guy too much of the benefit of the doubt. We need to stop protecting guys like Dez Bryant and their “right to have a good time”. Their definition of having a good time is much different than the rest of the country, and in Dez’ case it’s gotten him into his fair share of unfortunate situations. If you’re a server at the local Carlos O’Kelly’s, I don’t think it’s my right to tell you how to spend your free time. If you want to do blow until the sun comes up, the most that you are going to do is drop some salsa and chips every now and again so I don’t really care. But if you’re owed almost 2 million dollars this upcoming season from a professional sports team, I think that whoever’s being so kind as to give you that money has some sort of say regarding your off the field activities – especially when part of your job is maintaining that physique that was one of the main reasons they dropped all of that scratch on you in the first place.