Dez Bryant has expressed he’s not happy about the recent NCAA’s investigation of Johnny Manziel
As some YouWager bettors know, Bryant, was suspended for the final 10 games of his college career.
Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, is feeling uneasy as he closely monitors coverage of Manziel’s situation after allegations that the Texas A&M Aggies star violated NCAA rules by being paid to sign autographs. While the 24 year-old Bryant wants to watch Manziel play this college football season, he believes the NCAA’s hypocrisy would bother him if the reigning sophomore quarterback isn’t suspended.
According to Bryant: “Manzie 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.”
Bryant also added he feels like he “didn’t get the same love” from the media as Manziel when he was under scrutiny by the NCAA. The Texas native attributes that to Manziel’s status as a Heisman Trophy winner and the popularity of the Texas A&M football program.
Furthermore, Bryant also argues that delayed five-game suspension of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor for accepting improper benefits is a clear example of the NCAA being inconsistent with its punishment. Pryor was able to play in Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas after the 2010 season and entered the NFL’s supplemental draft instead of serving his NCAA suspension.
Online sports betting experts think that Bryant feels as though he accepted any improper benefits at Oklahoma State, saying he lied to the NCAA investigator because he was scared while being interrogated.
Even so, the Cowboys player considers that college athletes should be allowed to profit off of their celebrity status, pointing out that the NCAA sold Manziel’s jersey on its website. That is, until changing the policy recently after being criticized by the media.