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Dallas Cowboys have a plan to keep Dez Bryant out of trouble

August 28, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, left, talks with teammate Miles Austin during practice.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, left, talks with teammate Miles… (LM Otero / Associated Press )

The Dallas Cowboys have come up with a plan to help keep receiver Dez Bryant, who was arrested in July in connection with the alleged assault of his mother, out of trouble.

"What we've tried to do is come up with a plan for Dez like we would for any player who we feel like needs our support, and help him be his best as a player and as a person," Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said. "And the accountability factor is an important part of that with him and with anybody on our football team."

Under the Cowboys' plan, Bryant will attend weekly counseling sessions, have a full-time security team and not be allowed to drink alcohol or visit strip clubs. The security members will drive Bryant to team functions, including practices and games.

“We're going to control what we can control as an organization, and Dez has done everything that we've asked him to do up to this point both on and off the football field,” Garrett said.

Bryant has not spoken to reporters since the start of training camp because of his pending legal issues.

“Whatever they're doing, they're doing the right things,” backup quarterback Kyle Orton said. “He's a special player. He's one of those guys, you find ways to get him the ball. … You want to give him a lot of touches because one of those touches is going to be a special play, and there's very few of those guys around.”

Bryant, 23,  was arrested July 16, two days after his mother, Angela, 37, called police and said he assaulted her.

Bryant missed nearly his entire final college season at Oklahoma State because of an NCAA suspension for lying about having dinner with Deion Sanders. He ran up hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills on game tickets and jewelry, and was sued by people who said they were creditors. In January, he was reportedly involved in a fight with the rapper Lil Wayne at a Miami nightclub.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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