Cowboys hire security to prevent Dez Bryant from drinking, going to strip clubs

The Cowboys desperately need Dez Bryant to have a big year if they are going to be successful this season, which is why they are going to extreme measures to keep their star wideout from getting into trouble. Now that training camp has ended, the Cowboys have reportedly hired a personal security team for Bryant to enforce a number of rules.

For starters, Dez has a nightly curfew of midnight and must inform team officials in advance if he has to miss it. He is not allowed to drink alcohol or go to any strip clubs, and he can only go to a nightclub if it is approved by the team or a security team is accompanying him. Bryant’s security team will be with him at all times and drive him to practices, games and team functions. He also must attend counseling sessions twice a week.

Simply put, a grown man has been given a babysitter. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Bryant is open to doing whatever it takes to help the team.

“Oh yeah, very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team,” Jones said according to ESPNDallas.com. “He’s very open-minded and cooperative. He’s doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”

Can you blame the Cowboys for wanting to hold Dez’s hand? As we all know, he was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting his own mother. In addition to that, there was this ridiculous incident from last year and he still has this hanging over his head. Bryant clearly needs assistance in keeping his nose clean. If a personal security team doesn’t help, nothing will.

H/T Black Sports Online

Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant has lost the benefit of the doubt

The best way for Dez Bryant to make people forget about his off-the-field issues would be to put together a tremendous season on the field. The former Oklahoma State wideout is entering his third season with the Cowboys, but it feels like he has been in the NFL for a lot longer given all the drama that has followed him. Most recently, Bryant was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence charge for allegedly assaulting his mother. The eventful offseason has landed him in hot water with Jerry Jones.

“I see much improvement in Dez in every respect,” the Cowboys owner said according to the Dallas Morning News. “But he’s screwed around here and got his benefit of the doubt collateral down to nothing. And he’s also very vulnerable. Now you’ve got to act differently when you’re in those shoes. He’s got to gain a bunch of that back. He can do it, and he can do it right on this football field. And I hope he does.”

Bryant has not spoken with the media since the incident and seems very focused during training camp. Tony Romo has openly come out and supported him, and the Cowboys will need him to have a big year if they want to contend in the NFC East. Jones is hoping Dez can put together the big year the team needs and repair his image in the process.

“That’s why he’s got a real opportunity to get his life together because he can make plays like that and if he can do that, he’s got a way to kind of get people to say, ‘Look, he was a young guy, made some mistakes, but look at him go now,'” Jones said. “That’s my dream for him.”

Between his issues with debt, the trouble he got in for sagging his pants at a mall and the incident with his mother, a breakout season where he stays out of trouble could work wonders for Bryant’s career.

Tony Romo lends support to Dez Bryant: ‘I have his back’

He might have assaulted his own mother, but Dez Bryant can rest assured that Tony Romo is still in his corner.

“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back,” Romo told ESPN on Friday. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him. Dez knows that I’m going to stick up for him.”

Bryant turned himself into police on Monday on a family domestic violence charge after allegedly slapping his mother in the face and grabbing her by the hair during an argument at her DeSoto, Texas, home.

“None of us are directly involved in what’s going on in his life,” Romo said. “So everyone, the speculation, the articles and things that are written are just people that are guessing. And they’re going to have their opinions based on it but no one knows exactly the way that Dez grew up, the way that things have shaped his life and his difficulties.”

Bryant could face up to a year in jail if convicted, not to mention a phone call from Roger Goodell. This is the latest on the embattled receiver’s growing rap sheet of incidents that have left the Cowboys planting their faces in their palms. There have been massive jewelry debts, pants-sagging altercations, club fights with Lil Wayne’s entourage (for real). And now this. Keep in mind, however, this is the first time Bryant’s actually been arrested for something.

Dez Bryant arrested on misdemeanor family violence charge

Another day, another arrest in the NFL offseason. This time it’s troublemaker Dez Bryant getting cuffed.

The Cowboys receiver was arrested on misdemeanor family violence charges in DeSoto, Texas on Monday, according to WFAA.

When contacted by WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez, Bryant did not talk about the incident and only provided this earth-shattering quote: “I’m good, I’m good.”

It’s too early to know the severity of the incident and what role Bryant played, but it’s not too early to conclude that this guy is a trouble magnet.

Let’s do the list:

If you look at each item individually, it’s not a horrible rap sheet, and certainly nothing close to getting a DUI or threatening to kill someone. But it’s still not a good look and just signifies a lack of maturity and stability.

We still think Dez Bryant can be a good receiver for the Cowboys despite the problems, but he’s providing unnecessary distractions for the team.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys’ coaches need to do better job of getting Dez Bryant the ball late in games

Dez Bryant was an impact player for the Cowboys last season, but his stats tended to drop off later in games. That fact became a sore subject among Cowboys fans, and it resulted in criticism from a former franchise legend.

While many people including Dez believe that conditioning or injuries played a big role in the receiver’s lack of production later in games, Jerry Jones has another idea.

“I don’t know that [injuries] impacted some of the things that he needs to work on, and we need to work on as a coaching staff to get him the ball and get him into plays,” Jones said according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “When he would lose concentration in the last part of the game, I don’t know if that was because of conditioning. I suspect it could’ve been. That’s not be critical, but I suspect that, rather the injury had anything to do with that or not, those are the things that we’re working on so he can be more impactful in the latter part of the game, and we can do the kinds of things we need to do to get him the ball.”

While Jones’ idea is interesting, he has to be cautious about trying to hard to get Bryant the ball. Quarterbacks are generally at their best when they’re finding the open man rather than forcing it to a specific receiver. Dez Bryant didn’t do as much late in games because he would burn teams early, and they would respond by defending him more carefully. It also didn’t help that Miles Austin got hurt, allowing defenses to focus on Bryant even more.

Being healthy will be a huge factor in Bryant’s stats and impact improving; forcing him the ball is not the answer. As long as he is healthy, Michael Irvin’s prediction could come true.

Michael Irvin Says Dez Bryant Will Be the Best Receiver in the NFL

Dez Bryant is widely considered to be one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL. As a first-round pick, he has been somewhat disappointing. The Cowboys expected Bryant to have an immediate impact on their offense and he has done just that — when he plays. A combination of injuries and mental check-outs in the second half of games have resulted in Bryant being an underachiever. Former Cowboys receiver and current Hall of Famer Michael Irvin believes Bryant will get it together. When he does, Irvin thinks he’ll be tough to stop.

“I thought Dez made great strides this year on the football field,” Irvin said according to the Dallas Morning News, noting that the third-year receiver will have to work on his conditioning. “He has a lot of room to continue to grow, but he made great strides. When Dez really locks it all in, understands it, Dez will be the best receiver in the NFL.”

Irvin didn’t say “one of the best,” he said “the best.”  We already know who his favorite NFL receiver was this past season, and it wasn’t the guy who will likely stand in the way of Irvin’s prediction Bryant prediction over the next several years.  That guy I’m referring to is Calvin Johnson.  Megatron is only three years older than Dez, and he is already one of the best — if not the best — receivers in the game.  With a young quarterback in Matthew Stafford who continues to improve, he’ll be tough to dethrone as the NFL’s best receiver over the next five years or so.

On a separate note, the Cowboys are likely thankful Irvin decided to provide some words of encouragement for their young star.  As we saw earlier in the season, some of Dallas’ former wide-outs haven’t exactly been supportive of Bryant.

Dez Bryant Says He Does Not Have a Problem with Lil’ Wayne

We can stop worrying now.  I know everyone was extremely concerned when we informed you early Thursday morning that Dez Bryant was reportedly involved in an altercation with rapper Lil’ Wayne and his entourage.  Rumor had it Weezy’s boys were making fun of Bryant’s financial issues.  Shame on them.  In any event, Bryant says there is no issue and wants people to stop talking about it.

“Let’s quit with the false stories now….me and this man don’t have a problem with one another lol,” Bryant tweeted on Thursday according to NBCDFW.com.

But wait — a trip over to Bryant’s Twitter page will tell you that the tweet has since been deleted.  It was just an assumption to begin with that Bryant was talking about Lil’ Wayne, but the fact that he deleted the tweet makes the situation a little more puzzling.

Does he have a problem with Weezy and his people after all?  Is there some sort of potential lawsuit that resulted in Dez being advised to remove the tweet.  Did the big bad commish order him to ignore the reports rather than responding to them?  Maybe Bryant should try to sue Lil’ Wayne.  Weezy has plenty of money, and it sounds like Dez could use some help paying off his debts.

H/T The Dallas Morning News