Jerry Jones denies Cowboys have special rules for Dez Bryant

Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant

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We’ve noted that the reports that theDallas Cowboys have created a special list of off-field rules for receiver Dez Bryant could constitute a violation of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players. So it’s not surprising that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is saying that his team hasn’t actually created special rules for Bryant at all.

Asked in a radio interview today if the team had created special rules for Bryant, Jones answered, “no.”

I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones said on KRLD-FM via the Star-Telegram.

So where did the story come from that Bryant has been told to avoid strip clubs and alcohol, get home by midnight and seek counseling? Jones says it’s just that the Cowboys have urged Bryant to “conform to good behavior, the kind of behavior that the commissioner expects, that society expects and that anybody expects if you’re going to get the opportunities you are.”  Read More…

Jason Garrett plays counselor for Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys head coach Garrett congratulates wide receiver Bryant on his touchdown reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL football game in Tampa
Anyone who’s been arrested for grabbing his mother by the hair and slapping her probably comes from a dysfunctional family, and people from dysfunctional families can benefit from counseling. So it makes sense that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says receiver Dez Bryant could benefit from counseling.
Garrett said Wednesday that the Cowboys are ready to assist Bryant in seeking counseling, and hoping he takes the help that’s offered to him.

“We believe we have as good of a players’ assistance program in all of professional sports,” Garrett said, via the San Antonio Express-News. “We believe it’s really, really important to help our players in every way that we can. We’re well-staffed in that area. We believe in counseling for people who need it. We try to do that for all of our players. Dez will be a part of that and we just want to help him. We have great resources. We embrace the opportunity to help him.”

Garrett said he has been in regular contact with Bryant since he was charged with a Class A misdemeanor family violence, and he’ll continue to lend a hand as Bryant deals with the issue.
“First and foremost, we support Dez Bryant’s family,” Garrett said. “We support Dez. We support his mom. We want to help them in anyway we can. We have the resources to do that. Read more here…

Cowboys’ Romo supports Dez Bryant

Tony Romo

It could probably be argued that the tumultuous start to Cowboys third-year receiver Dez Bryant’s NFL career should have been predictable, considering his track record coming out of Oklahoma State. The extent of Bryant’s off-field issues reached a new low on Monday when he was arrested for allegedly domestically assaulting his own mother.

But Bryant maintains supporters in the Cowboys’ locker room, and they begin with quarterback Tony Romo.

“The one thing I know is that Dez knows I have his back,” Romo told ESPN’s Ed Werder in a Friday interview. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him. Dez knows that I’m going to stick up for him.”

In spite of the arrest, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently indicated that he believes the organization’s best option is to throw its support behind Bryant and commit to him, rather than turn its back on the 23-year-old receiver when he needs his team the most. After all, Bryant worked his tail off this offseason.  Read More…

Looking back, Gundy’s rant propelled Oklahoma State football

Mike GundyMike Gundy is passionate, determined and a winning coach for the Oklahoma State Cowboys who have had success as of late. Marquee players Dez Bryant now of the Dallas Cowboys, Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Brandon Wheeden of the Cleveland Browns are just a few names Gundy has recruited.

It was only four years ago that Gundy’s famous “I’m a man…I’m 40!” rant became an instant classic with fans and radio hosts all over but one of the aspects we may have overlooked is just how important this rant was to bringing in and signing recruits that have now propelled the Cowboy’s.

Before the rant in September of 2007, Gundy’s overall record was 13-15 since…40-14.

“The rant, in kind of perverse way, I think actually helped the program,” Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis said according to CBS Sports. “In the sense I think a lot of players and parents appreciated the way he stood up like that for one of his players. They say the only bad publicity is an obituary, but I do think it sent a strong message to his players and possible recruits that this guy will stand up for his players.

“It was complete passion, sincere and genuine. He was speaking straight from his heart. I think it was a net plus.”

Gundy confirmed the thoughts of the president as he was interviewed by Dan Patrick on Fox Sports Radio.

The You Tube video of Gundy’s “I’m a man! I’m 40!” went viral. It has been viewed 2.3 million times.

GB Bongiovanni is the owner of The Sports Blitz Network and can be contacted @GBBongiovanni