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Dez Bryant: Michael Jordan told me to avoid trouble

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Does Michael Jordan count as one of them?

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver met the basketball legend at Jordan's birthday party during NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston. Bryant -- who recently signed a three-year contract with the Jordan Brand -- said the former Chicago Bulls star offered him a succinct bit of advice.

"The only thing he told me was 'stay out of trouble,' " Bryant said Tuesday, according to ESPNDallas.com. "Hearing it come from him ... He is a strong voice. His opinion matters."

As a gesture of responsibility, Bryant has opted not to touch any of his first-year salary from the Jordan Brand. The earnings will go into a bank and stay there for the time being.

With $1.6 million in Cowboys salary coming Bryant's way this season, we don't imagine he'll be eating at soup kitchens during this period of economic prudence.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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