Will Dez Bryant ever learn?

January, 17, 2012
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On Monday morning, a report on Black Sports Online said Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was involved in a physical altercation at club LIV in Miami on Sunday night.

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AP Photo/Eric GayDez Bryant's disturbing offseason history, which grew over the weekend, includes being late to the first meeting of training camp.
Miami police said Bryant was not arrested. Police also said if a high-profile personality is involved in an incident, protocol is for the office to be made aware of the issue regardless of whether there is a report.

Neither Bryant nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus returned phone calls or messages seeking comment.

This pattern with Bryant and trouble has been brewing for sometime.

When he was banned from a high-scale mall, sued for failure to pay for jewelry and tickets to sporting events and was involved in various other transgressions in the summer of 2011, some looked upon that as a young kid who lacked supervision learning to grow up.

When the lockout ended and the season began, Bryant started off on the wrong foot. He was late to the first team meeting of training camp. That's right, training camp.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett locked Bryant out of the meeting.

"It's just another step along the way of something that you learn from and hopefully those instances of not doing what you’re supposed to do become minimized and hopefully eliminated," wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said during the season. "It’s a work in progress."

Considering everything Bryant had done this summer, surely coming to the first meeting of the year on time would be important to him.

"I didn’t say an awful lot because really at the time that it happened I was standing with Jason," Robinson said. "When we walked out of the meeting he kind of addressed it to both of us at the same time. So, like I said, it's not happening overnight, it’s a day-to-day process and it’s a day-to-day challenge. He keeps trying hard to do things the right way but it's not perfect."

Bryant got better. He reported to meetings on time and became a dependable wide receiver for quarterback Tony Romo. When the season ended, Bryant finished with 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns, a solid season for the second-year receiver.

But toward the end of the year, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told a Sirius XM Radio NFL show Bryant had to "get his hands around what he’s doing off the field."

The Cowboys hired a firm to help with Bryant's finances because he was out of control with his spending. He was sued, yet again, by a New York-based finance company for non-payment of a loan.

Jerry Jones and Bryant said the loan was paid.

It's scary when Stephen Jones says his talented wide receiver needs to get his act together. We're not even a month into the Cowboys offseason and Bryant is in the news in a negative way.

In Bryant's rookie year, Rodney Harrison, the former New England Patriots safety now working for NBC, came to training camp and noted there were no mentors on the team for Bryant among the wide receivers. At that time, it was hard for Bryant to listen to Roy Williams because Bryant was battling Williams for his job. Miles Austin was just establishing himself. Sam Hurd? Please. Jesse Holley? Please.

Bryant was on his own. He had a relationship with Deion Sanders, but the two had a falling out.

David Wells, a mentor to Bryant, has tried to warn him about his behavior.

Wells, who confirmed that there was an incident in Miami, has communicated with Bryant since.

"I told him to bring his ass back to Dallas," Wells said.

Whether Bryant has followed Wells' advice or continues to carelessly enjoy his offseason won't matter if the receiver doesn't get it through his head that he needs to be more responsible. It's a lesson that seemingly has eluded the talented young wide receiver thus far.

It can only leave the people rooting for Bryant to succeed -- Cowboys officials, teammates, fans or friends -- scratching their heads and wondering why he continues to find trouble.

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