Earlier this year, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant inked a three-year endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, owned by none other than Michael Jordan himself. Apparently, Bryant is so willing to prove his worth that he is reportedly willing to have the first year of him contract held so that he can show that he is able to stay out of trouble:
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. Bryant, according to the source, wants to prove to Jordan that he won’t get into any trouble. If he could do that, he’ll receive the salary in the second year of the deal.
“It just adds fuel to trying to do things great at all times,” Bryant said. “That’s something you don’t want to mess up. Now, I do pay attention to that, just because of the fact of who he is and what he is about. Everybody knows Michael Jordan is about his business, so that make you want to be about yours.”
“The only thing he told me was ‘stay out of trouble,’ ” Bryant said after Tuesday’s practice at Valley Ranch. “Hearing it come from him … He is a strong voice. His opinion matters.”
Considering that Bryant has a history of getting himself into small, yet dumb, situations involving the law, his show of good faith can be viewed as a bit encouraging, maybe even a sign of maturity.
Bryant is coming off the best season of his three-year career so far, catching 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to improve as well as stay out of trouble.