If anyone knows about being suspended by the NCAA for something reasonably stupid, it's Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant. Bryant was suspended after lying to the NCAA about working out with and visiting Deion Sanders.
And Bryant says he'd be "mad" if the NCAA ends up not suspending Johnny Manziel -- reportedly under investigation for getting paid to sign autographs -- for possible transgressions.
"Hell yeah, I'll be mad," Bryant said. "I will be mad. But I don't want him to get suspended. I will be mad more at the NCAA on 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 him and let it be known how they treat people is not right."
Bryant's beef isn't necessarily with Manziel, as he noted above. It's with an NCAA process that he clearly disagrees with.
It obviously involves his own suspension (even if he ended up doing alright in the NFL Draft regardless) even if he thinks Manziel is being mistreated. Bryant said he believes that NCAA athletes should get paid and that they should also be able to profit off of their autographs.
"Yes. He should be able to," Bryant said. "He should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it's his name. I feel like 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 there's anything illegal about signing a picture of yourself and making money off himself.
"Shoot, the NCAA is making money off of it when they're selling those No. 2 shirts. Why can't he make a little bit of money off of it?"
That's a pretty, pretty, pret-tah good point from Bryant right there. The NCAA already got some egg on its face for selling "No. 2 Texas A&M" jerseys that you could find by searching for "Manziel" in their online store. They're clearly profiting off of Manziel.
But Bryant has no stake in protecting Manziel and just doesn't want to see others skate for similar issues that he faced.