News of the so-called “ Dez Rules,” said to be designed to curtail third-year receiver Dez Bryant’s sometimes questionable off-the-field decision making, emerged yesterday and quickly set talk radio stations and NFL message boards atwitter. But according to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, there is no such thing as “Dez Rules” as we’ve come to understand it.
“We’ve given no detail. I’m not so sure where the media has come up with detail of this nature,” Jones said in an appearance on 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News. “Fundamentally, Dez does, and I’m convinced, want to do many things that give him the opportunity to get on track the way he needs to, both on and off the field.
“I think any of this talk or any of these references to what he is going to be doing or what he is not going to be doing, I think in general, it’s one that would say just let’s 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. He does believe he has a great opportunity.”
Speculation over just what the “Dez Rules” stipulate will likely continue, as Jones refused to go into any specifics.
“I’m not going to discuss any of the rules because that implies that there’s a certain set of rules and I don’t know that that’s correct either,” Jones said. “Really, just by the nature of it, it’s not one you would discuss. We have rules on behavior in the NFL. We have rules on behavior at the Cowboys as well. I’m not so sure there’s been any new rule created here.”
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