First rule: Don't talk about Dez Rules

August, 29, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones, one of the most powerful men in professional sports, sounds wishy-washy these days.

That's what happens when you can't figure out whether to tell some of the truth, all of the truth or lie about the Dez Rules.

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After Saturday night's preseason win over the St. Louis Rams, Jerry acknowledged to ESPNDallas.com that Dez Bryant had been placed under a strict set of rules designed to eliminate all off-the-field issues. He even said they weren't the toughest set of rules he'd ever placed upon a player.

Then Jerry went on KRLD-AM in Dallas on Tuesday and suggested the Dez Rules didn't actually exist.

Can you say poppycock?

Heck, Jason Garrett acknowledged the rules existed at his Monday news conference and said they were designed to make Bryant accountable.

"I'm not going to discuss any of the rules, because that implies that there are a certain set of rules," Jones said on the show. "I don't know that that's correct, either.

"So really, just by the nature of it, it's not one that you would really discuss. We have rules of behavior in the NFL and we have rules of behavior with the Cowboys as well. So I'm not so sure there's been any new rule created here."

Huh?

Read the full column here.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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