Sometimes there is no specific end date to being grounded. Sometimes, it takes years of proving you can be mature before you are free to hang out with friends and carouse as you see fit.
Dez Bryant, a 25-year-old professional athlete, is still essentially grounded by the Dallas Cowboys.
Consider this the ongoing Adventures in Bryant-Sitting.
ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reports that contract stipulations created back in 2012 are still alive and well as far as Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are concerned.
Here is a list that Bryant must reportedly continue to abide by:
- A midnight curfew. If he's going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.
- No alcohol.
- He can't attend strip clubs and can attend nightclubs only if they are approved by the team and he has a security team with him.
- He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.
- A rotating three-man security team will leave one man with Bryant at all times.
- Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions.
We can poke fun at the thought of a team requiring a professional athlete to get permission before he goes out to the club, especially in a league dominated by so many knuckleheads who come and go as they please.
Still, it seems things have worked, because, as Watkins points out, trouble off the field hasn't been an issue in the past couple of years for Bryant.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters, "He doesn't need to drop his guard. In some respect, none of us do," a remark that garnered laughter.
As Watkins reminds, the Cowboys had a very pressing reason to impose such a set of guidelines on an athlete who just couldn't stay out of trouble: "The rules stem from a difficult 2012 offseason in which Bryant was charged with allegedly assaulting his mother, Angela Bryant."
Fortunately, Bryant seems to have changed amid such unorthodox nurturing from the team. The Dallas Morning News reported, back in March 2013, that Bryant even made a surprise appearance at a "Men Against Abuse" rally.
There he offered, "Here’s all you need to know. I’m done with domestic abuse."
Brandon Carr, who was also at the rally, stated, "For Dez to get up here in front of all these people and admit his mistakes and to be with us in this rally and take stand against something he was a part of, that speaks volumes."
Some star athletes have the privilege of unwinding with a drink at the club after putting in hard work. Bryant lost that privilege some time ago.
He still has the pleasure of suiting up and playing in the NFL at the cost of strip clubs, alcohol and various other indulgences, however.
Bryant's decision was hardly a difficult one, which has enabled him to stay in the league, something that doesn't seem to be in danger of changing anytime soon.
It's enough to think he might want to celebrate the feat. Only, you should probably just wait for him at the club...he has to go ask the Cowboys if he can stay out late this weekend.
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