The Cowboys' Dez Bryant Rules Are Strict, Necessary, and Bound to Be Broken

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Somewhere deep in your blackened heart you're rooting for Dez Bryant. Like a lot of his colleagues, his childhood was packed with a miniseries' worth of drama and heartbreak, in and out of homes while his mom peddled crack. Then came the leaches, both men and institutions ready to exploit his physical tools while pretending -- they're almost always pretending -- to care about helping him along. That he's squandered some of the gifts the cosmos shoved into this 6-foot-3 vessel is only surprising if your context is the ESPN Bottom Line. In any context larger, it's more remarkable that he's still alive.

So, yeah, you want the new rules to work. The Cowboys, fretting their troubled asset after Bryant allegedly assaulted his mom, have asked the wide receiver to adhere to a strict set of behavioral guidelines, ESPN reported yesterday. They are:

No booze, no strip clubs, no nightclubs without team permission, a midnight curfew, and a full-time security detail to protect Bryant from the most sinister and sneaky of enemies: himself. Plus: Mandatory counseling.

It's hard to imagine the rules having much effect over an entire season. Athletes rarely jump these tracks once they're far enough along, and if they do it takes a while. It's hard to imagine this ending any other way than with a ditched security team and an unsanctioned expedition to Baby Dolls -- and, of course, a really long meeting in the commissioner's office, so Roger Goodell can hose Bryant down in contrived morality.

The Cowboys and their fans will hope against hope that something will click in Bryant -- or, failing that, that his new babysitters have an all-star year, shutting down Bryant's vices like a lock-down secondary. The cosmos stuffed a lot of gifts in there, and they'll get realized eventually, if only briefly. Oh how Jerry and his followers want that realization to come here and now.

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ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

So the Fail has Jerrah on and he says he had nothing to do with Dez's Daycare.  Bullshit, yesterday it was and then all of sudden the league say you cant have anything to do with it or its a violation of the Cap.  No shit Jerrah is gonna come on his radio home and tell everyone he had nothign to do with and whitt acts like they broke some story.  Your own radio host said yesterday everything goes through Jerrah and you know it, yet all of sudden it doesnt

McPhail
McPhail

Leaches? You think an institution that offered food, shelter and education to a person you describe as the wayward child of a crack dealer are leaches?  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

What can one say about a culture that sees fit to spend $60 million on a high school stadium, then turns around and screams holy murder if the city wants to fix the pot holes?

rowingisfun
rowingisfun

snooze.  I don't see any reason why anyone should care.  I've never heard that he's a bad guy in the locker room, and as fans, thats all that should matter. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm not overly rooting for the guy until he grows up. Dude's an idiot, he can't change that, he's always going to be an idiot, but he can at least be a mature idiot. Perhaps this is a step to get him away from having an army of parasites around him not helping, or perhaps it's just a Jerry Jones blowin' smoke thing to make it sound like they and Dez are doing something.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Tone, SPORTS?  Thought I clicked on Unfair...  and I put the over/under on Dez issues during this season at 1.5, and I'll take the over.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I'm not rooting for Dez Bryant any more than I'm rooting for Jerry Sandusky.  I have a great deal of disdain for the perverse culture that surrounds football.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz potholes in allen pfft....potheads maybe

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Are you seriously trying to link Allen's stadium bond issue with Dallas' potholes?

 

Second question, do you ever think there's a story you don't need to comment on?

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

 @rowingisfun That's not all that matters to fans. Not even close. Dez is perpetually at risk of being suspended for two, four, six, eight games. If you're a fan, you need him to be good everywhere, not just the locker room. 

vanessalibuva
vanessalibuva

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Dez should not be even remotely CLOSE to being in the same sentence as that monster!!! Two COMPLETELY different situations...wow. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @Scruffygeist I just love to throw my 2 cents plain in.  Now, are you trying to squelch differences of opinion?  Dear me, how un-American.  You must be a republican.

rowingisfun
rowingisfun

 @joe.tone  @rowingisfun which of his offenses could have gotten him a supsension?  I agree that certainly the thing with mom could.  which others?  must be a lot to call it perpetual.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@joe.tone @Joshsbrokendisqus How you feel about the dodgers now? I know friday they were one fo two things to make you vomit, now what do they make you do?

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

 @vanessalibuva  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Yeah--the false equivalency between sagging/irresponsible credit card use/simple assault on the one hand and the forcible rape of a child on the other is more than a little bit offensive.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  Persecution complex much? I'm much more liberal than conservative. And I have no problem with differing opinions, except for the fact your opinions are terrible, like you proved above. Give quality a try; quantity isn't doing you any favors.

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

 @rowingisfun I meant that going forward he's at perpetual risk, since multiple offences drive Goodell batty. 

vanessalibuva
vanessalibuva

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @James_the_P3 never said you said it was the same, it was the fact that hearing Dez's story brought Sandusky to mind...Dez had a shitty upbringing and it carried over into his adult life which affects his career, Sandusky is a child raping 'tickle monster' that  is in a catagory all on its own...Dez needs guidance to hopefully help him make the most of his talents...Sandusky needs to have his d*ck cut off!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @TexOHara anyone owning more than 2 cats is bat shit crazy, its all in the scale of cats to craziness

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I worship at the alter of a god that recognizes a difference between going to a strip club and RAPING CHILDREN IN THE BUTT.

MyrnaIsATroll
MyrnaIsATroll

 @James_the_P3  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @vanessalibuva "Myrna" is just an over-the-top "parody troll" of liberals, done by a conservative to make liberals look bad.  Don't take anything "she" writes seriously.  She is a vicious parody of the "loony liberal" stereotypes that right-wingers have of liberals and "lefties".

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @vanessalibuva  No.  One is a degenerating manifestation of American culture.  The other is RAPING CHILDREN IN THE BUTT.

 

The Sandusky scandal--and Penn State's attempted cover-up--is shocking precisely because it is so outside the bounds of conscionable behavior.  It is impossible to draw any indictment from it as against anybody other than those involved, i.e., Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, Graham Spanier, and the rest of the Penn State administration.  Unless, of course, you think American culture now countenances child rape.

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