Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Deion Sanders needs to leave Dez alone
By Calvin Watkins
We haven't heard much from Dez Bryant the last few weeks other than a few words about how he's going to come back in great shape from ankle surgery.
He's playing basketball here and there and was at the Heroes charity baseball game Saturday in Frisco trying to swing a bat.
It seems the world is pretty quiet around here with Bryant doing the right things. But here comes Deion Sanders messing things up.
Sanders was answering a question about Bryant on an Atlanta radio station and said, "It's hard to talk to a person when they have millions, man, because there is so much noise in their life. Everybody around them is employed and they have 'yes men.' You gotta start hiring a 'no man.' "
Sanders told ESPNDallas.com on Tuesday afternoon that he was referring to athletes in general with his "yes men" comment and wasn't singling out Bryant. However, Sanders told the Atlanta station that there is concern over Bryant.
"Everybody is," he said. "I think the Dallas Cowboys are more concerned than I am."
The problem with all this is that Sanders said a few months ago that he was done messing with Bryant. He didn't like how Bryant was handling his business, and the two stopped talking to each other.
If that's the case, why is Sanders talking about Bryant now? Yeah, he was asked a question and he answered it, but it seems as if Sanders is holding a grudge.
It sounds like Sanders is mad that Bryant doesn't want to listen to him. Just because you're not using Sanders as a mentor doesn't mean you're going to fail.
Yet one of Sanders' good friends, David Wells, is still an adviser to Bryant. Does that make Wells one of the "yes men?" Texas Sen. Royce West is another mentor of Bryant's. Is he a yes man, too?
Wells told me a few weeks ago that Bryant was maturing and learning how to be a man. He gets on Bryant all the time about handling his money, talking to the media, staying in shape, talking to his teammates and other personal things.
At some point, according to Wells, Bryant will get it.
"I'm proud of him," Wells said.
I've always enjoyed talking to Sanders and think he's doing good things, especially with kids, but he should stop talking about Bryant. If Bryant wants Sanders to mentor him, he'll come back.
If Bryant doesn't do well in life and on the football field, he has nobody to blame but himself, not Sanders.
I'm sure Sanders doesn't want Bryant to waste his talent so he can provide for himself and his family. But Bryant has to do it in his own way, not Sanders' way.