The NCAA is investigating Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel for allegations that he received money from memorabilia dealers to sign autographs. Former Oklahoma State wide receiver, and current Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant had his own controversy when he was in college.
Bryant was suspended for the final 10 games of his college career when he lied to investigators about having lunch with NFL star Deion Sanders. The lunch in itself wasn’t a violation of rules, but lying is something that student-athletes aren’t allowed to do.
“All I did was lie about going over to somebody’s house and I got my season taken away from me,” Bryant said. “Still to this day, I think about it. It bothers me. I can’t get it back. No matter how much money I make in this league … that really meant something to me.”
So what if the NCAA doesn’t suspend Manziel?
“Hell, yeah, I’ll be mad. I’ll be mad,” said Bryant, via ESPN Dallas. “But I don’t want him to get suspended. I would be mad more at the NCAA for 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 them and let it be known how they treat people is not right.”
“I don’t think my situation was as [bad] as his,” Bryant said. “Johnny Manziel is a great football player. I really hope him the best. I hope he doesn’t get suspended. I pray that he don’t get suspended, because I love watching him. But as far as the NCAA, I just think they do a lot of stuff unfair.”
Johnny Manziel is a media darling, despite all his antics, and the face of college football at the moment. The NCAA at it’s heart is a business and they don’t necessarily want to drop the hammer on their biggest star at an extremely popular school in the best conference.
“I just think the NCAA, they don’t do a good enough job. I just honestly feel like it’s about money and TV ratings.”