While the issues Dez Bryant have run into lately seem like minor problems compared to the likes of Aqib Talib, his repeated history of blatantly disregarding the laws and having any accountability are beginning to worry people close to the Cowboys organization.
What makes it worse for Dallas? Due to the lockout, the team is prohibited from contacting players. That means while Bryant has shown a clear need for help, he cannot get that from the team.
“You have to be worried, based on the stuff he’s been through and the history of having done it before, it’s kind of a pattern with him,” a team source told NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “It’s not being able to take care of the things that you’d expect the normal 22 year old to be able to handle. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things. And a lot of it is not his fault, it’s because of the way he was brought up. He’s got a good heart, and the best intentions, but all this stuff happens and it takes away from that.”
Since team officials cannot help Bryant, the veterans and leaders need to step up and take him under their wing this offseason. Bring Bryant around a group of more mature individuals and hope he steers himself onto the path — and starts paying his bills.