Rules for Cowboys' Dez Bryant meant to support
BY STEPHEN HAWKINS Associated Press
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
8/28/12 at 5:30 AM
IRVING, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys are trying to provide some guidance for Dez Bryant, the talented young receiver who has had issues off the field.
Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't go into specifics Monday or describe potential discipline for not abiding by the rules, but he said the Cowboys want 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. The security members will drive Bryant to team functions, including practices and games, and the receiver will also be subject to a curfew.
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 misdemeanor family violence charges.
There is still the chance that the NFL could discipline the former Oklahoma State star, who is going into his third season with the Cowboys.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the league "will review the facts once the case is resolved by the court." He said the team's guidelines for Bryant will have nothing to do with league discipline.
"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."
Despite other off-the-field issues in the past, Bryant was having a solid offseason until his arrest two weeks before the start of training camp.
Bryant hasn't been available to speak to reporters since the start of training camp because of his pending legal issues. He didn't talk in the locker room after practice Monday.
Bryant said during the offseason that he was spending more time with the playbook, watching more film and concentrating on his conditioning. There were no issues until the incident with his mother, and haven't been any known problems since then.
Original Print Headline: Plan to 'support' Dez
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has agreed to follow a set of guidelines set forth by the team, including counseling sessions and a curfew. LM OTERO / Associated Press