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|Jerry Jones has sent mixed messages about Dez Bryant's rules.|
“We all know Bryant has had a litany of mostly minor off-the-field issues since the Cowboys took him in 2010 with the 24th pick of the first round. Until July, he'd never been involved in anything that would be considered a big deal. That changed when he was arrested on a family violence charge, stemming from a confrontation with his 37-year-old mother. Let's keep it real: The Dez Rules are about protecting the Cowboys' investment. No more, no less. So there's no need to see if there's some racial element to the Dez Rules. Or if Bryant's civil liberties are being violated. The Cowboys are trying their best to keep this dude on the field. This team needs him to be a playmaker capable of taking over a game with his athletic prowess. He showed the ability last season with 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. He's had an outstanding offseason on the field and seems poised to finally deliver on his potential. The Cowboys want him to experience all of the wonderful things he can do on the football field if chaos doesn't consume his off-the-field life. The Dez Rules also give the Cowboys an opportunity to show commissioner Roger Goodell they have Bryant and his off-the-field issues under control, especially since the NFL has partnered with the White House on a public service campaign against domestic violence. Until Bryant's case is formally resolved -- Bryant's mother wants the charges dropped -- the league has maintained it will not rule on whether Bryant will be fined or suspended. With the Dez Rules in place -- no matter what Jerry says -- Bryant is already under house arrest. There's no need for Goodell to impose anything else.
I'm not going to discuss any of the rules, because that implies that there are a certain set of rules. I don't know that that's correct, either.” -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones