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Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:16 pm
D. Bryant (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said recently that he had "a handle" on a money situation that appeared to be spiraling out of control. As's Will Brinson wrote Sunday, Bryant has been "sued by local jewelers, gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants and absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason."

Turns out, Bryant's view of his financial affairs isn't shared by the people he remains indebted to.'s Calvin Watkins writes Monday that Bryant "still owes Colleyville jeweler and ticket broker Eleow Hunt a little more than $600,000 for jewelry, tickets and personal loans."
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Whoever you blame for the current labor silliness, one thing is for certain: the owners can hold out a lot longer than the players. Partially because they have more money, but also because you seldom read stories of owners dropping 600 grand on "jewelry, tickets and personal loans."

When the Cowboys signed Bryant to a five-year, $11.8 million contract last July, it included $8.5 million in guarantees. That's a lot of coin to dump in anyone's lap, much less a 22-year-old fresh out of college.

The frivolous spending isn't surprising -- it's part of being young and impetuous -- but the owners knew that many players, especially those new to the league, wouldn't heed advice from their agents or union representatives to save money during the lockout. Which means that even players making well into six-figures could be short on funds any month now.  Paying for the clothes, the cars, the homes -- for themselves and family members -- adds up quickly. Since banks aren't in business to float interest-free loans, the money has to come from somewhere.

If you want to see football in the fall, this should be good news. Being broke serves as a catalyst to make progress on a new labor agreement, even the players have to make concessions they thought were off the table.

While it seems that Bryant is on the hook for at least another $600K, he sounds like he will be ready to go once the 2011 season begins. "From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said recently. "The relationship between Big Tony [Romo] and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Compartmentalization is a defense mechanism developed from perpetually being in the spotlight. In that regard -- being able to separate his personal life from his professional life -- Bryant sounds like a seasoned veteran.

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:27 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

I think Dez Bryant is a tool with no integrity, but it's always funny to read a post slamming one guy's intelligence when the poster doesn't know the difference between "were" and "where", and "then" and "than".

Dez Bryant doesn't need a real education. He's gonna follow in Mendenhall's footsteps and pretend to be smart.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:08 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

How come the teams or the NFL should teach these punks anything?Did they not go to college were you should know more then playing football?Just shows you how easy it is to get into college if the only thing you can do is play football and and can't even count to 10.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:00 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

I'm not bashing the Cowboys, but I will say I'm glad this kid doesn't play for my team.  Now if we could just trade Crabtree for something better.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:57 pm

wish it were me

wish I could catch passes and take a beating like he can for 10 mil

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:29 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

whoever was stupid enough to loan and let him take these things without paying is beat and a idiot dez is a pos if he does not pay it back . but you deserve what you get when you play games like this with large sums of money people really wonder why they go broke  unreal what this world is coming too

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:39 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

It's the National Felon League - did you expect anything less? 

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:45 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

He makes big money and drives big cars leave him alone!!!  If he want to be broke like 50% of these guys 4 yrs after they retire let him be dang!!! Oh and by the way they haven't missed a check yet .. hope he paid his taxes cause there goes his future checks and house too , the feds don't care how many passes you caught for the BOYS!!!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:13 pm

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

Benbow, I don't see any reason to think Bryant will repeat Irvin's sordid history.  The fact they're receivers for the same team is completely irrelevant unless you're just out to bash Cowboys.  Personally, I see Bryant as more of a Terrell Owens headache than an Irvin police blotter.

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