Dez Bryant has a history of misadventure, from a domestic violence incident to college eligibility problems, but he's also one heck of a receiver, so people are willing to give him plenty of chances to straighten himself out. One of those people? Fella by the name of Michael Jordan, who now counts Bryant as one of the seven NFL players signed to the Jordan Brand of apparel. Bryant will be featured in Jordan Brand commercials this summer, and is joining a potentially lucrative club ... albeit one with some hard-and-fast rules.
Tuesday after practice, Bryant said that Jordan had advice for him: "The only thing he told me was 'stay out of trouble,' '' he said. "He is a strong voice. His opinion matters."
Bryant recognizes that he's damaged goods and wants to prove he can stay on the straight-and-narrow. As a result, he's agreed to put his first year's payment from the Jordan Brand on hold. If he stays out of trouble, he gets the sum in his second year. Terms of the endorsement deal have not been disclosed to the public, but you can assume it's quite a few zeroes that Bryant is gambling.
Over the course of the 2012 season, Bryant developed into one of the game's better receivers. He'll need to take another step upward, both on and off the field, if the Cowboys are going to do the same.
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