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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Cowboys officials talk to Dez Bryant

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys officials have spoken to wide receiver Dez Bryant about being detained by Miami police for an altercation at a Miami Beach night club, coach Jason Garrett said Thursday.

Bryant got involved in a skirmish outside Club Liv on Sunday night for an undetermined reason, according to a source. Miami police said Bryant was not arrested and there was no police report filed.

"I have not spoken to him since then. Other people in our organization have though," coach Garrett said following a media meet and greet with the team's two new assistant coaches.

Bryant, who has not returned calls seeking comment, had a troubled summer where he was briefly banned from a high-scale mall and was sued by two jewelers. He has since repaid the jewelers. However, in December he was sued by a New York-based investment firm for his failure to repay the interest on a loan. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Bryant have said the loan was repaid.

Before the end of the season, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Bryant needed to get his off-field issues fixed. The team hired a firm to handle his finances and he speaks with several people within the Cowboys player development program.

"We want to make sure all of our players do things the right way," Garrett said. "Really, 365 days out of the year. But we understand the nature of the position that we're all in and we've (got) to be careful and handle things the right way. We certainly support him in everything he does."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.