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Dez Bryant: “I’ll be mad if Johnny Manziel isn’t suspended”

Let the fireworks begin from the outsiders in regards to the Johnny Manziel saga surrounding the NCAA. One of the loudest opinions has come from current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and former Oklahoma State Cowboy, Dez Bryant. Bryant, who was suspended for the last 10 games of his collegiate career sounded off in regards to the Manziel case.

In what he calls as an hypocritical situation, Bryant says ”Hell, yeah, I’ll be mad. I’ll be mad, but I don’t want him to get suspended. I would be mad more at the NCAA for how they do things.” Bryant was suspended for the final 10 games after he lied to the NCAA about going to the home of Deion Sanders and having dinner with him. While Bryant wasn’t very happy with the Manziel situation, he mainly wasn’t happy with the NCAA.

In a series of sound-off quotes, Bryant had the following to say about Manziel and the NCAA:

  • “I don’t think my situation was as bad as his, 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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I feel like players in the NCAA should be allowed to make money on endorsements and autograph signings. Those fans are coming to watch them and support them. Whenever you’re in college, it’s different. You don’t get paid like the NFL gets paid. I think it would be OK to have a little money in your pocket. It’s hard in college. You’ve got to get a job if you can. You’ve got to practice. It’s just hard. Sometimes the training table is not good enough.”
  • “Manziel should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it’s his name. 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 anything is illegal about signing your name on a picture of yourself, making money off yourself.

While Bryant has remained persistent that he did not take any improper benefits during his time at Oklahoma State, his comments certainly raise some eyebrows. While Johnny Manziel certainly isn’t a perfect student-athlete, it seems as if others are calling out the NCAA as a whole and bringing more light to behind the scene corruptions that may have been hidden.

It seems as if the story is just beginning on Manziel, the NCAA, and the dark, ugly world that is becoming college football.

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