Dez Bryant is still angry with the NCAA. Bryant lied to the NCAA about an ultimately innocuous interaction with Deion Sanders. He was suspended for the duration of his junior season in 2009, nuking a potential Heisman run. Bryant will be “mad” if Johnny Manziel does not face a similar fate, though he does not want him to be suspended.
“Hell yeah, I’ll be mad,” Bryant said. “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 believes players should be granted the opportunity to earn a profit from their own likeness.
“Yes. He should be able to,” Bryant said. “He should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it’s his name. 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. Shoot, the NCAA is making money off of it when they’re selling those No. 2 shirts. Why can’t he make a little bit of money off of it?”
To be fair, harsh punishments for lying to the NCAA may be the one consistent thread in all of NCAA enforcement. Going through the motions of compliance seems to make the difference between a wrist-slap (Oregon) and a weighty punishment (Ohio State).
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