OXNARD, Calif. — The NCAA’s investigation of Johnny Manziel brings up bad memories and bitter feelings for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was suspended for the final 10 games of his college career.
Bryant has mixed emotions while he closely monitors coverage of Manziel’s situation after allegations that the Texas A&M star violated NCAA rules by being paid to sign autographs. While Bryant wants to watch Manziel play this season, he said the NCAA’s hypocrisy would bother him if the reigning Heisman Trophy winner isn’t suspended.
“Hell, yeah, I’ll be mad. I’ll be mad,” said Bryant, who was a Heisman candidate in 2009 before being suspended for lying to an NCAA investigator about a lunch with former NFL star Deion Sanders that didn’t violate any NCAA rules. “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.”