Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had harsh words for an ESPN reporter who wrote that the troubled star’s off-field behavior is still closely monitored by franchise leadership.
Bryant is still subject to “Dez Rules,” a string of regulations designed two years ago to control how he conducts himself during his downtime, according to ESPN's Calvin Watkins. For example, the 25-year-old professional athlete isn’t allowed to consume alcohol, is subject to a midnight curfew, can’t attend strip clubs and can only go to nightclubs if the visit has been approved by a team official.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones discussed "Dez Rules" with a group of reporters on Tuesday at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. The rules, which remain in place, were implemented after a 2012 altercation during which Bryant allegedly struck his own mother.
“He doesn’t need to drop his guard,” Jones told ESPN. “In some respect, none of us do.”
Bryant posted on Twitter a scathing criticism of Watkins and his article. “I lost all respect for you for writing a bulls--- story that’s no longer true … don’t bring your ass by my locker.”
Bryant’s tweet has since been deleted, and it’s unclear which part of Watkins’ story is “no longer true.” Larry Brown Sports captured a screenshot of the post, which can be viewed here.