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VP Jones: Dez Bryant has to handle business

12/29/2011

IRVING, Texas -- In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is aware of the latest suit against wide receiver Dez Bryant by a New York-based finance company.

Endurance Capital Fund is seeking $50,000 from Bryant, who is more than a year overdue on payments, according to a Boston Herald report on Wednesday.

Bryant settled two lawsuits out of court earlier this year. He was sued by a Colleyville, Texas, jeweler for more than $600,000 for unpaid jewelry and sporting tickets. A New York jeweler also sued Bryant for not paying for jewelry costing more than $240,000.

Jones said Bryant has to “get his hands around what he’s doing off the field.”

“Any time you have issues that are in the public you wish they weren’t there,” Jones told hosts Alex Marvez and former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt. “I think most of these incidents revolve around things he did early on when he first got in the NFL. I think he’s learning from that, but there are still some lingering things that probably if he had to do over again he’d do differently.

“We’ve obviously sat down with him on numerous occasions to give any advice we can. Hopefully he’ll be able to correct those things so it doesn’t affect what he can accomplish on the field. If you don’t clean those things up, they tend to affect your career. He understands that.”