'The Dez Bryant Rules' in place to help the Dallas Cowboys

COMMENTARY — Former Oklahoma State wide receiver's new behavior policy is in place to protect the team and help win games, not help Bryant make better decisions.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 30, 2012
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photo - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warms up in the rain during NFL football training camp on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) ORG XMIT: CAGR121
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warms up in the rain during NFL football training camp on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) ORG XMIT: CAGR121

Dez Bryant has a new entourage.

Dez's new best friend are Dallas Cowboy-ordered, round-the-clock security guards who will provide constant baby-sitting.

Don't think Henry Higgins trying to turn Eliza Doolittle into a fair lady. Think the Secret Service trying to keep Jenna Bush out of The Washington Post.

It strikes some as absurd. Twenty-three-old, third-year pros making millions of dollars a year should not be jailed like the man in the iron mask. They should grow up. Time to sink or swim.

Except the Cowboys know what some don't. Telling Dez Bryant to sink or swim is in reality telling him to sink. The Cowboys have figured out that Dez has not acquired the tools necessary for quality decision-making.

Not as a man-child in Lufkin, Texas, who grew into a receiver extraordinaire.

Not in 2½ years at OSU, where Mike Gundy's organization kept Dez busy and mostly out of trouble, except when he drove down to Dallas and cavorted with Deion Sanders.

And not in two-plus years in the National Football League.

Which is why Jerry Jones has mandated for Dez a midnight curfew, no alcohol and no night clubs unless previously approved by the Cowboy brass. The rotating three-man security detail will drive Dez to all team functions, including ballgames.

Dez was arrested in July and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, stemming from an altercation with his mother. It was only the latest misstep from Dez, who can't seem to stay out of trouble.

And so the Cowboys have surrendered on the maturation business. They don't have the belly for this steep a case of personal development.

Jones remembered that winning ballgames is his mission, and Dez's job is to get to JerryWorld on Sundays without the wrath of Roger Goodell hanging over his head.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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