How the Cowboys plan to babysit Dez Bryant
By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer August 28, 2012 11:50AM
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) sits out a workout with Miles Austin (19) during NFL football practice at Cowboys Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the team has a set of guidelines in place for Dez Bryant to hold the talented young receiver accountable.
Garrett didn’t go into specifics or describe potential discipline for not abiding by the rules. He said the Cowboys wants to support Bryant and his family.
“What we’ve tried to do is come up with a plan for Dez like we would for any player who we feel like needs our support, and help him be his best as a player and as a person,” Garrett said. “And the accountability factor is an important part of that with him and with anybody on our football team.”
According to numerous reports, Bryant will attend weekly counseling sessions, have a full-time security team and not be allowed to consume alcohol or attend strip clubs.
Bryant was arrested in July for allegedly assaulting his mother, who has since said she doesn’t want authorities to pursue charges against him. The Dallas County district attorney’s office has yet to make a decision about charges.
There have been other off-the-field issues as well, though Bryant was having a solid offseason until his arrest two weeks before the start of training camp. Bryant’s adviser, David Wells, and the player’s attorney, Royce West, didn’t return messages to The Associated Press.
“We have some things in place and we are still in the process of working out the rest,” Wells told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in a story published Monday. “We are all working together to accomplish some things to help him succeed.”
Bryant hasn’t been available to speak to reporters since the start of training camp because of his pending legal issues.
There is also still the chance of discipline from the NFL. Garrett said he didn’t know the status of that.
“We’re going to control what we can control as an organization, and Dez has done everything that we’ve asked him to do up to this point both on and off the football field,” Garrett said. “Any decision about that is out of our control.”
Bryant is going into his third season with the Cowboys, who got him with the 24th overall draft pick.