Dez Bryant criticizes NCAA over Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel is under the NCAA's microscope at the moment, and a former athlete that once felt the NCAA's wrath has a little something to say about that.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was asked about the Manziel situation after practice on Tuesday, and he said he would be bothered if Manziel was not suspended.
"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. 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."
It's understandable if Bryant has some residual hate lingering within him after his run-in with the NCAA. Bryant was ruled ineligible and missed the final 10 games of the 2009 season after lying to an NCAA investigator about a lunch with Deion Sanders, even though the act itself didn't violate any NCAA rules.
Bryant went on to reflect on his own brush-up with the NCAA:
"All I did was lie about going over to somebody's house and I got my season taken away from me. 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. 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."