Johnny Manziel may think that the NCAA is after him right now, but it will never compare to how Dez Bryant felt a few years ago when the NCAA suspended him for an entire season for lying about going to dinner with football legend Deion Sanders, even though the dinner didn’t actually break any NCAA rules.
Naturally, Bryant still doesn’t think very highly of the NCAA — after practice today he was asked about the Johnny Manziel situation and if he would be mad if the NCAA didn’t suspend Johnny. His response?
“Hell yeah, I’ll be mad. 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.
I don’t want anything to happen to Manziel, I promise. I don’t want anything. I just want them to know what they’re doing is not right. That’s all they need to know and they need to understand that. Seriously. They really do.”
Of course, it’s easy to understand why Bryant is torn — he wants the NCAA to be consistent in its rulings (suspending Manziel like they did him) but also doesn’t want Manziel to “get screwed” in the same fashion that he did.
Bryant also commented that he thinks college athletes should be able to profit off of their signatures:
“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?”
You can read all of Bryant’s comments here at the Star-Telegram.