Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Dez "Bling" Bryant
"But I ain't even gon act holier than thau cause fu*k it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou. Before I had a house and I'd do it again cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz. I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific, I gotta couple past due bills, I won't get specific. I got a problem with spending before I get it. We all self conscious, I'm just the first to admit it. Kanye West - All Falls Down Apparently my man Dez Bryant took the words of that song too literally. In the past 48 hours the Cowboys receiver has been sued for over $850,000 in unpaid jewelry expenses. This is after being kicked out of a mall for criminal trespassing and having hall of fame cornerback Deion Sanders disown him and label him a cancer. This story is sad on so many levels. Once again Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made the mistake of overcompensating for his mistakes. He still regrets not drafting Randy Moss in the 1998 draft and has tried to rectify the situation ever since. He traded a 1st, a 3rd, and a 6th round pick to acquire Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions only to find out Roy is an average receiver at best. Instead of cutting his losses Jerry Jones rolled the dice one more time and drafted Dez Bryant in 2010. So far the gamble has not paid off. From the beginning Dez Bryant has been a distraction. There were issues with the interviewing process before he ever got signed (one of the team executives asked him if his mom was a prostitute) and after he joined the Cowboys he took offense to rookie hazing by refusing to carry the shoulder pads of a veteran receiver. He has alienated himself from his team mates and the off the field incidents only compound the problem. I could delve into the societal issue of inner city youth wasting their money on material items, but why bother? The affinity for jewelry only masks deep rooted problems that have complex origins and solutions. The vicious cycle continues to repeat itself and primadonna athletes will be primadonna athletes. There is no end in sight so lets focus on the latest example of bad judgement. Dez Bryant is at a crossroads. Whenever Deion Sanders tells you the guy needs help and wants nothing to do with him, you know the problem is severe. Deion played with Michael "The Playmaker" Irvin, a man who got caught in a hotel room with strippers and crack and had a policeman put a contract out on his life. Deion has experienced some pretty dramatic cases so we have to take him at his word if he says this situation is serious. My guess is this story will end badly. Dez Bryant will continue to defy authority, refuse to own up to his responsibilities, and will be mired in debt before his career is over. Jerry Jones will give him plenty of chances to make good on this scenario because Jerry doesn't want to admit he was wrong AGAIN! Without structure and accountability Dez Bryant will never fulfill his potential and will become a tragic tale worthy of a 30 for 30 documentary. Watch for it.