Dez Bryant isn't necessarily pulling for Johnny Manziel to get suspended by the NCAA. But yesterday, he admitted that he will be mad at the NCAA if they decide not to force Johnny Football to sit out at least a few games. Confused? Let us explain.
You see, back in 2009, Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for 10 games after he lied to an NCAA investigator about a lunch that he had with Deion Sanders. As it turns out, Bryant hadn't violated any NCAA rules by having lunch with Sanders. But because he lied to the NCAA and attempted to thwart their investigation into the lunch, the NCAA had no mercy on him. So Bryant feels that, if the NCAA lets Manziel off the hook for reportedly accepting money for autograph-signing sessions earlier this year, they'll be hypocrites.
"I'll be mad," Bryant said yesterday. "I will be mad. But I don't want him to get suspended. I will be mad more at the NCAA on how they do things. I just feel like it's not fair. This is something I have no problem talking about because I feel like somebody needs to say something to him and let it be known how they treat people is not right."
Bryant reiterated that he doesn't want to see Manziel suspended. But he pointed out that if the NCAA doesn't penalize him in some way, then he doesn't see why they have rules on the books in the first place. He also added that, in the future, he thinks college players should be allowed to make money by doing things like signing autographs.
"[Manziel] should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it's his name," he said. "I feel like he's the one who created it. He should be able to do whatever he feels as long as it's legal and I don't think there's anything illegal about signing a picture of yourself and making money off himself."
All valid points, especially coming from a guy who has been suspended by the NCAA before. So what's it gonna be, NCAA? You've put yourself in quite the predicament right now, and it'll be interesting to see how you get out of it.
[via Eye On Football]