Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant says college players should be paid for their autographs. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had his issues with the NCAA when he was in college at Oklahoma State, getting suspended before his junior season for lying to NCAA about a dinner with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Bryant said he would be mad if Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel isn't suspended if the NCAA finds him guilty of receiving cash payments for signing autographs.
"Hell yeah, I’ll be mad," Bryant said to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "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."
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Bryant said he lied to the NCAA because he was scared and believes that players like Manziel should be able to sell their autographs for money.
"I did lie. I came back. I told the truth and they suspended me indefinitely," Bryant said. "The way the guy was talking to me was like I did something wrong. I didn’t know it was OK for me to go to someone’s house."