In light of talented, yet troubled, receiver Dez Bryant's offseason turmoils, the Dallas Cowboys are instituting a list of rules that Bryant must follow…including the presence of, essentially a babysitter at all times.
The full list of rules from ESPN.com under the cut.
• A midnight curfew. If he's going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.
• No drinking alcohol.
• He can't attend any strip clubs and can only attend nightclubs if they are approved by the team and he 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.
The fifth provision listed above, the rotating security team, is the babysitter aspect of the set of rules. Everything else seems pretty reasonable, but having someone with him at all times is just a little much. These rules were instituted for Bryant after he hit his mother on July 14. The domestic violence incident carries a misdemeanor charge, and prosecutors are still debating whether or not to press charges.
I understand why Dallas is putting the rules in effect, because they desperately need a playmaker like Bryant on offense after Miles Austin's struggles over the past two seasons and an unimpressive preseason from Felix Jones. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the restrictions placed on Bryant weren't the strictest placed on any player by the team, and quite frankly, it makes a lot of sense given Bryant's history. Dallas needs Bryant on the field this year with no off the field distractions, and they're gonna do everything within their power to make sure that happens.
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