|Bryant has agreed not to frequent strip clubs. (US PRESSWIRE)|
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To that end, in the same way you must treat a petulant child, the Cowboys have enforced a set of rules for Bryant to follow. ESPN Dallas has the details of the agreement to which Bryant agreed last week.
A few of the rules: a curfew of midnight, no drinking alcohol, no strip clubs, nightclubs allowed only if he has a security team with him, he must have security personnel with him at all times, he will be driven to practice and games by said security personnel.
The reasons for the Cowboys insistence on a new Bryant lifestyle are obvious and varied.
In his brief two-year career, Bryant has been in the news for allegedly owing hundreds of thousands of dollars for jewelry and for not being willing to pull up his pants in a mall.
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Though oftentimes Cowboys owner Jerry Jones comes off as a coddler for talented, yet troubled players (Jeff Pearlman's book “Boys Will Be Boys” has some fascinating stories about all this), he certainly seems to be taking a stand here.
Especially when he says he's “too pissed to talk” to Bryant and, “He's just got to come on, step up and accept responsibility, and I think he can get there. I'm demanding that he work through it. He must do it or we can't count on him.”
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So, is Bryant cool with all these new restrictions?
“Oh yeah, [he's] very much willing to do anything he can to help himself and help the team," Jones told ESPN. "He's very open-minded and cooperative. He's doing the right things by his teammates and everybody is counting on him.”
While some of the rules seem draconian (I mean, NO STRIP CLUBS?!?!?), Jones also said these aren't the most restrictive regulations the team ever has placed on a member of the team.
And if it works and Bryant becomes a productive member of the Cowboys -- and more important, of society -- perhaps the rules will be deemed one of the best things to happen to him.