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Dez Bryant May Need New Contract to Pay Off Debts for Jewelry, Other Things

Dez Bryant is a player that many believe will have a break out season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. With a healthy Tony Romo back under center, Bryant has a chance to emerge as the Cowboys No. 1 receiver ahead of Miles Austin before the season comes to an end. He is that talented.

The aforementioned scenario would be ideal for the second-year receiver, as it appears he could use some more money.  Although he insists he has fixed his surroundings and now has his head on straight, Bryant is reportedly in significant debt.  According to the Star-Telegram, Bryant faced two lawsuits in the spring totaling $850,000 — one of which has been settled.  The other is a pending suit in which Eleow Hunt alleges that Bryant and his adviser, David Wells, owe him $600,000 for jewelry, sports tickets, and repayment of loans.

Bryant has four years left on his five-year, $11.8 million deal.  He made made $2.84 million last season that included a signing bonus, but his base salary for this year is $1.1 million.  Obviously that is a lot of money, but the $600,000 he owes would account for well over half of his base salary for this season.

Needless to say, Dez’s teammates should probably give him a break from now on when it comes to buying five-figure dinners.

Dez Bryant Says He’s Fixed His Surroundings, Now on Straight and Narrow

The only news about Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant lately has been positive. Dez is said to be dominating during the team’s training camp and many of his teammates are expecting a breakout season. But until recently, Dez had been more known for his problems away from football rather than his play on the field.

As recently as July, we passed along a report saying Bryant had skipped out on an autograph session. Before that, he supposedly had trouble at a shopping mall for wearing his pants too low. He’s reportedly owed jewelers money, and who can forget the pads carrying incident with Roy Williams last year?

That’s a nice summary of all the issues Dez has faced. Now, Bryant says he’s a changed man.

“I think it was my surroundings [that led to problems],” Bryant told the Cowboys website. “I feel like I fixed that, and I’m headed on the straight and narrow path. I don’t need to get into details. Everything is done, I like how it’s going and my life is on straight.”

Aside from cracking up over envisioning Dez saying he’s headed “on the straight and narrow,” I’m not sure I can buy all this. It’s one thing to say everything is fixed, but the best way to prove the change is by avoiding trouble.

Dez Bryant Skipped Autograph Signing, Said Father Had Heart Attack

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has had a tough run since college. He was ruled ineligible in his junior season at Oklahoma State for lying to the NCAA about his dealings with Deion Sanders, his former mentor who is no longer advising him. Bryant has had several issues with paying back debts, he reportedly was kicked out of a mall for wearing baggy pants, and he was a disrespectful rookie during training camp. The latest charge against him should not surprise you.

The Dallas Observer reports that Dez Bryant skipped an autograph signing in Atlantic City which he agreed to attend. Dez reportedly was set to make around $10,000 to sign autographs for two hours at the Collectors Showcase of America last month in New Jersey. His deal was pretty sweet too. According to the report, Bryant was to receive round-trip flights for himself and two others, three hotel rooms in Edison, an 80-mile limo ride to Atlantic City and two hotel rooms there, including a luxury suite.

When Bryant arrived at the airport for his departing flight, he called the liaison and began complaining about the deal. Then he said he couldn’t make it because he had to go to Houston to visit his father who just had a heart attack.

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Dez Bryant Thinks Deion Sanders Is Getting Kickbacks from Under Armour

Deion Sanders prides himself on working with young athletes and serving as a role model and father figure for them. One of his prized youngsters was Dez Bryant, who actually was suspended by the NCAA for the season for lying about his contact with Deion. Deion defended himself after Bryant was suspended saying he doesn’t prostitute kids.

The relationship between the two continued after college when Bryant was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and given the sacred #88 jersey. But things changed to the point that Deion gave up on Bryant and stopped talking with him and advising him. Bryant says it was all related to him backing out of an endorsement deal with Under Armour.

“I never knew the reason for Deion not saying anything to me,” Bryant told ESPN Dallas. “The only thing I can believe is that when I stopped talking to Under Armour, Deion stopped talking to me. I never knew what Prime’s problem was.

“That’s my decision. That has nothing to do with Prime. That made me feel he must be getting something from Under Armour.”

Bryant’s response came after Deion ripped him on the radio for his whole sagging pants at the mall fiasco. Deion said that Dez needs help, and that’s when Dez said Sanders had an agenda due to Under Armour. Between the two of them, it’s hard to know what to believe. Deion is right in that Dez needs some help to avoid trouble, and Dez is likely right that Deion has an agenda to push despite his denials.

Did Dez Bryant Wear His Pants Too Low and Cause a Scene at the Mall?

Young Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant really got caught with his pants down this time — literally.  Like a 14-year-old boy who dribbled a ball one too many times or knocked things off the shelf in a sporting goods store, Bryant was allegedly told to leave his local mall and not return for three months. The reason: he and some friends were wearing their pants too low and refused to pull them up.

According to WFAA.com, via The Big Lead, Bryant gave a “profanity laced” response to the off-duty police officers at NorthPark Center in Dallas who asked him and his friends to pull their pants up.

“What the (expletive) are you stopping me, like I stole something,” Bryant said amidst his spaz according to WFAA. “I’m not leaving until my attorney and my representative get here.”

Bryant was then escorted to his vehicle, but rather than leaving he decided to do the mature adult thing.  According to police, he parked his car in a fire lane and refused to move.  The warning, however, stands.  If Bryant was to return to the mall within the next 90 days police would have every right to arrest him.

Considering this is the same rookie that refused to go along with some mild hazing in the form of carrying shoulder pads, it should surprise no one that Bryant refused to pull his pants up.

Dez Bryant Owes Bryan McCann Dinner

Dez Bryant owes a teammate dinner, only this time it’s not for rookie hazing and unlikely to cost 55 grand. Bryant apparently owes fellow rookie Bryan McCann a meal because of a bet they had.

Bryant and McCann are the special teams returners for Dallas and they bet on who would score the first return touchdown. McCann accomplished the feat when he scooped up a punt and raced 97 yards past all the Detroit Lions in week 11.

The irony about the play is that Bryant was supposed to return the punt but he let it go because it was bouncing near the end zone. McCann came out of nowhere to grab the punt, catching the Lions players off guard.

I’m guessing this dinner shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred bucks. And after beating Detroit, I’m sure Dez would be happy to pay.

Dez Bryant Treats Cowboys Teammates to $54,896 Dinner

Good news for the Dallas Cowboys regarding rookie Dez Bryant: the wide receiver seems to have made nice with his teammates after refusing to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads during training camp this summer.  At the time we saw nothing wrong with Bryant’s refusal, considering Williams has been somewhat of a bum since coming to Dallas from Detroit.  In retrospect, maybe the rookie should have just carried the pads like all the other newbies.

If he had, he might be $54,896 richer today.  That’s right, according to ESPN Dallas Dez Bryant treated his teammates to a $54,896 dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.  The original plan was to treat only the offense to dinner, but apparently Williams took the liberty of inviting the defense.  Needless to say, the gang was all there and brought their appetites.

Players supposedly ordered everything on the menu and took a few bottles of wine to go.  The fact that someone can dish out that amount of money for a dinner and continue living their life is amazing to me.  You would think Bryant’s teammates would cut him a bit of a break and keep the total to — oh I don’t know — under $10,000?  Would that be unreasonable?

Note to all NFL rookies of the future: just carry the shoulder pads like Travis Ivey did and accept the bad haircuts.  It could be a lot worse.