Real Self Protection

Fullback Deon Anderson was charged last week with deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor.

  For the most part, the Cowboys have had that over the last several years. Dating back to the arrest of safety Marcus Coleman in the 2006 off-season, only two regular season Cowboys contributors have been held by police, Anderson and Anthony Spencer, who later had charges dropped in relation to a scrum with a nightclub bouncer in Indianapolis last winter. 

  Unacceptable as those two altercations were, it's mildly encouraging they were the only ones involving Cowboys players, who have been relatively tame by the NFL standard of recent. After the wild times of the '90s, the organization has put together a nice group of talented, good people.  

  Our perception of the roster as generally friendly and wholesome could change in one bad night, though. That's why the players have a responsibility to themselves and their teammates in the coming days, weeks and months to stay out of trouble. 

  This isn't meant to be a Dikembe Mutombo-style All-Star finger-wagging. We're talking about grown men. They know the difference between right and wrong. They know what they have to lose. 

  So here's hoping the guys take care of themselves and the people around them between now and next season, with the full expectation that they will.  

  The same goes to all of you. Stay safe, and stay warm.   

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