“Well, we’re going to control what we can control as an organization, and Dez has done everything that we’ve asked him to do up to this point, both on and off the football field,” Garrett said Monday, asked about the rules the team has imposed on Bryant, who was arrested in July for domestic violence. “We’re going to continue to just move forward with what we can do as an organization, and any decision about that is out of our control.”
The Cowboys may be trying to at least influence the NFL’s decision, however, by putting restrictions on Bryant off the field. He is not allowed to drink, has a midnight curfew, can’t go into “gentlemen’s clubs,” must attend counseling, be driven to and from practice and have a security escort.
Asked if Bryant willingly agreed to the rules, Garrett talked around that, too.
“I don't want to get into too many specifics about that, other than what I just said,” Garrett said. “We want to support our players. We want to support Dez. You want to support his family. At the same time, hold him accountable to what he needs to do, and we've talked about his development since he's come here as a person and as a player, and I just think he's done a great job. He continues to grow in both of those areas. We need to help him, we need to support him, but again, we need to hold him accountable, and I think this is just an example of that.”
-- Carlos Mendez