Treating Dez Bryant like a child won’t help matters

13 Sep

Just when I thought nothing could happen to make shake my head in disbelief or laugh out loud, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys came to my rescue.

You know the group.

It’s one of the NFL’s laughing stocks, an organization that hasn’t sniffed a Super Bowl since all of Jimmy Johnson’s players began departing for other venues or just got too old to play.

This time Jerry, who delights in taking credit for Johnson’s work in building those three Super Bowl winners, decided to get his name back in the news by announcing a new set of rules for his young, talented, but immature wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Besides catching passes and making big plays on the field, Bryant has had a penchant for wearing saggy pants in a mall, running up high bills and also being accused of hitting his mother. The latter I will not comment on, because I suspect there is far more to the story than is being reported.

So, how have the Cowboys responded to all these problems and allegations? Have they confronted Bryant with an order of grow up or get out? Have they treated him like an adult and demanded that he act as one?

No, since day one, the Cowboys have coddled Bryant and postured their way through his much travail.

Their latest masquerade of authority was revealed a few days ago, when the organization announced, for lack of a better term, its Dez Bryant rules.

What are they? Well, in a nutshell he has a curfew, cannot go certain places and then only to other establishments after he gets permission. Also, he will have bodyguards with him almost 24 hours a day.

In other words, the Cowboys are going to live Bryant’s life for him. They’ll make sure he acts like a man by treating him like a child.

This kind of reminds of the movie “Coming to America,” where Eddie Murphy, the young prince of a nation, has everything done for him, including having his own set of “wipers.”

(There is no need to elaborate. Rent the movie if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

Can you imagine a real professional football organization like the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers or the San Francisco 49ers wasting their time with a player they considered troubled or troublesome.

No, they don’t, because they operate on the premise that professional football players are grown men and are expected to act like it.

When Ben Rothlisberger got too big for his britches — he faced sexual assault allegations  — the Steelers told him to clean up his act or he’d be gone. That, plus a suspension by the NFL, got Big Ben back on the right track.

Super Bowl hero Santonio Holmes also was let go for simply being a troublemaker, and he now finds himself trying to resurrect his career as a New York Jet.

When Plaxico Burress shot himself, the New York Giants didn’t coddle him or set special rules. They bid him a fond adieu.

The closest thing to Bryant’s rule is the Texas Rangers’ handling of Josh Hamilton, but even they haven’t gone this overboard.

The difference is those organizations are run by adults, not by an overgrown media pig whose primary objective, at least in this case, is to make himself look good.

If Jones really wants to help Bryant, he wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes he did with Adam “Pacman” Jones, who also had a set of bodyguards to keep him out of trouble.

Trust me, this is all about Jerry Jones making himself look good.

None of these rules are going to help Bryant mature.

If anything, Bryant’s pride, like any person’s in the same situation, will likely lead him to rebel and possibly lead to more trouble.

Personally, I think he should demand a trade, preferably to a team run by some adults. He certainly doesn’t play for one now.

 

 

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