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Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

Posted on: October 7, 2009 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2009 4:14 pm
Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible Wednesday because complications arising out of a relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.

Oklahoma State issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Bryant had been ruled ineligible because of a violation of the NCAA's unethical conduct rule. The school said Bryant did not disclose his "interaction" with a former NFL player. That interaction could be interpreted as an extra benefit, for example if Bryant was working out with an ex-NFL player for free. Although in this case it doesn't seem to be the interaction with Sanders but perhaps lying to school officials about the relationship.

The Tulsa World reported on its website that Sanders was the person involved with Bryant.

The school said Bryant had violotated NCAA Bylaw 10.1 having to do with a player, "knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters releveant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation."

It wouldn't be the first time Sanders had reached out to form a relationship with an athlete. More than three years ago, Sanders tried to adopt current West Virginia tailback Noel Devine. Devine was in high school and moved to Texas to live with Sanders and his family. A day before reporting for practice at Prosper High in Texas, Devine took the Cadillac Escalade of Sanders' wife and drove it to DFS Airprot and flew back to his native Fort Myers, Fla.

Sanders attended North Fort Myers High, the same school as Devine. 

Oklahoma State is in the process of applying for Bryant's reinstatement. Oklahoma State is at Texas A&M this week. It still has to play No. 2 Texas in Stillwater on Oct. 31. If Bryant is not reinstated by then, it could make Texas' road to the division title that much easier. In two games against the Longhorns, Bryant has a combined 10 catches for 153 yards and no touchdowns.

Bryant missed last week's game against Grambling State because of an injury.  

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2009 8:05 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

This makes me sick!  The NCAA and Deion have lost all of my respect.  I can think of a lot worse things than lying about having dinner with a retired NFL football player; like intentionally trying to gouge someone's eye out or punching another football player on the field and then going up to the stands to fight with others, these two did much worse than Dez.  Come on NCAA, get a freaking clue.  I am sorry but there is something else to this story.  To suspend a player for the rest of the season (missing five games) because he lied about having dinner with Deion?  Give me a break!  There's something they are not telling us.  And Deion, in my opinion, he needed to step up, do a press release and fight for Dez Bryant. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2009 9:01 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

The kid had dinner at Deion Sanders house. His relationship with Sander's was not a violation. Lying about it was a violation. While Sander's didn't do anything wrong per se, as a mentor he should have informed this kid about the NCAA guidlines surrounding contact with a former pro Athelete.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:52 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

If these kids are looking to Deion Sanders to be a positive influence in their lives then they are desperate.  Deion is about Deion.  And it is that "self-absorbed I'm a football star who is above the law," attitude that needs to change for these guys to mature. 
I don't blame Deion.  He needs these kids.  They do not need him.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:27 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

Good point Lebron.  Bottom line is don't lie to the NCAA, your school, or the police.  In the eyes of the NCAA, lying to your school or the police is the same as lying to the NCAA.  Maurice Clarett is the poster child as to why not.  He lied to all three about his car getting broken into, and look where that sorry trail of events led him.  In Bryant's case, there is a good chance he would not have been suspended at all if he had been honest and up front.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2009 1:58 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

IMHO  the key words here are EUGENE PARKER. That is why the NCAA is so concerned Dez lied about his relationship with Sanders. Sanders is possibilly recuiting clients for his agent who is Eugene Parker. Guess who is Crabbtree's agent!  you guessed it as Eugene Parker. It would not suprise me to see him be Dez's agent in the near future!!!!!!!!!  What do you hink??

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2009 11:13 am

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

With all this coming out about Crabtree and Bryant, how long until they throw Noel Devine under the bus?  I loved watching Deion and all of his flashy playmaking ability but now he needs a hobby, maybe he can take up scrapbooking or something...

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:43 am

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible... Deion's a weirdo

How do you know these kids don't have fathers?   Looks to me like you are making some huge assumptions.  First it was Devine then Crabtree and now Bryant.  He is 0 for 3 in "helping" college players.  Get over yourself Deion.  You are not a coach.  What is Deion doing?  You can't just show up on some kids door step and expect to be Uncle Deion!  He works for the NFL Network and he isn't supposed to be having interactions with college players.  It was reported on ESPN tonight.  To me it looks like Deion is trying to get back in the spotlight.  Honestly it seems really weird that Deion wants to so badly hang out with guys half his age.  Deion your days as a player have passed.  Stop trying to get in with the young crowd...

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2009 2:02 am

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

don't blame deion. read the article again. it says the reason for the suspension was not the relationship itself, but that bryant lied about it. deion sanders is simply trying to be a mentor to younger guys. it wouldn't surprise me if many of these players haven't had much of a father in their lives. Deion is trying to have a positive influence on the lives' of young men who desperately need it, and he should be praised for that. If more information comes out implicating deion, then, by all means, have at him. but don't go off blaming him based on zero facts.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2009 12:42 am

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

Forgive me for intentionally sounding a bit corny here, however, I think it's prime time for "Primetime" Deion Sanders to get away from football for a while.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2009 10:58 pm

Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

what the hell is Deion Sanders deal.  He is on a roll this year. He screwed crabtree ,  bryant already.

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