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Jordan told Cowboys' Bryant to behave

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07:08 AM ET 05.29 | Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has steered clear of trouble lately, and he may have His Airness to thank. NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan had some simple advice for [Bryant] this offseason: Behave. "The only thing he told me was 'stay out of trouble,'" Bryant said after Tuesday's practice at Valley Ranch. ... "He is a strong voice. His opinion matters." Bryant met Jordan at Jordan's birthday party during NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, after Bryant had signed a three-year deal with Jordan Brand, becoming the seventh NFL player to join the apparel group. And Bryant is taking the advice to the bank. According to a source, as a sign of good faith, Bryant won't receive payment from the Jordan Brand for the first year of the deal.

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May 29, 2013  07:14 AM ET

Deep words of advice. Thank goodness MJ showed up. No one else would have come up with "stay out of trouble". He should speak at high schools.

May 29, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Dez Bryant has turned the corner. These are recent wise words of encouragement, but they serve more to reinfoce the good behavior that Dez is already exhibiting.

Most of us thought this guy was going to end up in jail. I give a lot of credit both to him and to the Cowboys' organization for "The New Dez Bryant."

We still need to be "concerned about Dez Bryant," but now it's because he can put points on the board for Dallas.

May 29, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Keep chopping wood, Dez.

May 29, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Nothing like coming from a higher source.

May 29, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Deep words of advice. Thank goodness MJ showed up. No one else would have come up with "stay out of trouble". He should speak at high schools.

Hmmmmm..... Not everday we see "hate on great".

May 29, 2013  09:01 AM ET

In essence Jordan is paying the man to behave.... That's awesome. No other way to put it.

May 29, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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In essence Jordan is paying the man to behave.... That's awesome. No other way to put it.

Just good business practice by Jordan. The man knows it is not good for his business if one of his clients is in jail. Sell/Sell. Win/Win.

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May 29, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Better be a hefty second year payoff.

May 29, 2013  09:38 AM ET

"stay out of trouble" .... good luck with that. This guy is a bone head & his next bone head move is surely not far away.

May 29, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Jordan's got some habits that would get him into trouble if he didn't have so much damn money... ones that Dez should not emulate

May 29, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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In essence Jordan is paying the man to behave.... That's awesome. No other way to put it.

Lord only knows what Jerry Jones was telling him to keep him on the straight and narrow... and all it takes is four words from Jordan? That sounds about right.

May 29, 2013  09:54 AM ET

I'm surprised Jordan even knows who he is.

May 29, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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I'm surprised Jordan even knows who he is.

Jordan strikes me as being smart enough to know who he's allowing to be associated with his brand.

May 29, 2013  10:35 AM ET

MONEY talks

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May 29, 2013  11:03 AM ET

So the moral of this story kids is: Don't be good, stay out of trouble, be an upstanding citizen, because it's the right, grown-up, mature, thing to do. Do so because it will get you more money.

"Stay out of trouble" is 2013's "Just say no." Wow, and you wonder why the Bobcats just can't seem to get things right.

 
May 29, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Just good business practice by Jordan. The man knows it is not good for his business if one of his clients is in jail. Sell/Sell. Win/Win.

Agreed, but we all know Jordan isn't hurting for money.

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