Dez Bryant asked for guidance
During a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben & Skin Show," David Wells said Bryant realized he needed to make some changes and asked for guidance. Wells said he formed a support group that included Bryant's attorney, Texas state Sen. Royce West, and a couple of ministers who sat down with Bryant to form a plan that was approved by Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
"[Bryant] wanted to be a part of it," said Wells, a former bail bondsman who assisted several ex-Cowboys and headed the team-paid security detail for cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones in 2008. "Then Jerry Jones is in great support of this system and said, 'Let's get it done.' It came out that it's all about somebody forcing it, but he's accepted responsibility himself to get past any negativity that's out there and try to move forward."
Wells said Bryant, who has been kept off-limits from reporters since his July arrest of a Class A misdemeanor family violence charge for allegedly assaulting his mother, would issue a statement this week.
Wells said the guidelines for Bryant have yet to be finalized. The original guidelines, first reported by ESPNDallas.com, included a midnight curfew unless team officials were notified in advance, bans on drinking alcohol and attending strip clubs, twice-a-week counseling sessions and a rotating three-man security team whose duties would include driving Bryant to and from practices, games and all team functions.
"I'm not so sure where media has come up with detail of this nature," Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM.
"Fundamentally, Dez does -- and I'm convinced -- want to do many things that give him the opportunity to get on track the way he needs to both on and off the field. I think any of this talk or any of these references to what he's going to be doing or what he's not going to be doing in general is one that says let's conform to good behavior, the kind of behavior the commissioner expects, that society expects, that anybody expects if you're going to get the opportunities you are. He does believe he has a great opportunity.
"We're fully supportive of him, his family, his mother. We want to do anything in that direction that we can. As far as the specifics of rules, I think [there are] just rules that let him concentrate on what he's doing on the field, let him do his work and not have the distractions of not doing it right off the field."
Asked if the Cowboys created the rules, Jones replied, "No," and declined to elaborate on the specific issue. At one point, Jones said he was "not so sure there's been any new rule created here." He later grew agitated and cut off questioning about Bryant.
"The Cowboys are in agreement with everything they've put together with Dez and people in the support group put together," Wells said. "Everybody is happy with it. We're really, really happy with it."
On the subject of potential consequences if the guidelines are not followed, Jones spoke in general terms.
"I think it's pretty clear," Jones said. "We've got behavior rules in the NFL that have been made very clear by the commissioner's office. Then I think it's real clear that if you don't abide by the rules of society what happens. All of those are answers that any adult deals with every day."