The Dez Bryant Case: Never Lie To The NCAA

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2009


It has been reported that Oklahoma Statewide receiver Dez Bryant has been suspended for the remainder of the 2009 season, which is most likely the remainder of his collegecareer for : "failing to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player (Deion Sanders) not affiliated with OSU."

Basically, Bryant was consulting Deion Sanders in regards to information about going pro and hiring an agent. He was not completely honest with the University and the NCAA about his relationship with Sanders.

Bryant's comments about the matter are: "I just felt the manner in which I was interrogated by the NCAA was an experience I never had before," Bryant said. "The manner they asked the questions led me to believe that I did something wrong when in fact I had not. My mistake was not seeking advice prior to being interrogated and then turning around and not telling the truth."

Moving on to East Lansing, where Michigan State running back Glenn Winston was released from jail this past summer after serving four months for a misdemeanor aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault and battery.

Winston was reinstated to the Spartans football team and retained his football scholarship.

So for beating someone up bad enough to go to jail for it and causing the victim severe head injuries, you can get your job back on a Division 1A football team and stay on scholarship, but for lying to the NCAA you are suspended for good and cannot play again!?!?

Am I missing something here?

I am not saying Winston doesn't necessarily deserve a second chance, and I am not sure that he does, but this just does not seem fair.

Oh yea, and what is happening in the Reggie Bush case that has been going on for close to two yearsnow? That cannot get resolved, but the Dez Bryant case got "resolved" in the matter of a few weeks?!?!

Is there any consistency to these rules?

Just like the NCAA cannot get their post season football corrected, they cannot seem to show any consistency in how they implement punishment to those who "break the rules"

Sources: ,, USATODAY