Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant has no tolerance for the NCAA, and ripped the governing body for college athletics for its investigation into Texas A&M quarterback Johnn Manziel for allegedly violating NCAA rules for allegedly accepting money to sign autographs.
Bryant was once suspended at Oklahoma State for 10 games for lying to NCAA investigators for having dinner with Deion Sanders, which wasn't a violation of NCAA rules. The lie is why he was suspended.
"Hell, yeah, I'll be mad. I'll be mad," Bryant said . "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."
Bryant also pointed out that the media was rougher on him than it's been on Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner.
"I don't think my situation was as [bad] as his," Bryant said. "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.
"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."
Bryant believes Manziel should be allowed to sign autographs for pay.
"I feel like players in the NCAA should [be allowed to make money on endorsements and autograph signings]," Bryant said. "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. The NCAA makes money off of it when they sell those No. 2 shirts, so why can't he make a little bit of money off it?"
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