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Posts Tagged ‘Dez Bryant’

NFL GMs: Character Issues Double-Standard

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I’ve often wondered why some NFL General Managers choose to take a “holier than thou” approach to selecting hot college football talent when draft day rolls around.  For many, there is an apparent double-standard when it comes to character issues.  Once you’re in the league, character issues generally result in hand-slaps, a mild pilfering of a player’s bank account, and repeated chances to become a better citizen.  However, you have to get into the league first in order to get that sort of treatment.  So, should NFL General Managers just disregard character issues with the hot college prospects?  I believe so.

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Dez Bryant Suspended For Lying?

Posts about the NCAA are precarious ledges for the simple fact it doesn’t take much to turn them into a rant, which is what I’m fighting right now. With that in mind, why, exactly was Dez Bryant suspended for the remainder of the 2010 season? Lying. Not for the infamous meeting with Deion Sanders itself, but for not being forthcoming about it.

First of all, way to watch out for college students, Deion. What in the world were you thinking? Leave them the hell alone until they declare for the draft. The fact is, your desire to meet him put Bryant in a position where he felt lying was an option. Granted, Bryant didn’t have to lie, but the fact remains, if a college football stud gets a call from someone of Sanders’ status, it’s doubtful they are going to have the wherewithal to say no.

And Deion should know that and leave well enough alone.

Moving on. The NCAA comes off like a sanctimonious ass here. Yes, I get it. They were “shown up” by Bryant’s denial, and so, they have to act like a jilted lover to get a measure of satisfaction. What a load of crap. Excuse me, but how, exactly, did Bryant “jeopardize” his amateur status by trying to cover his behind? No, his cover-up wasn’t exactly necessary, but then again, I’d say a lot of college athletes are “scared” of the NCAA, much like a growing child is scared of a parent when they get in trouble. While that doesn’t excuse Bryant’s choice, it certainly doesn’t justify the NCAA’s typical overreaction either. What, exactly, have they gained from suspending Bryant for the remainder of the year?

They made a point. Big deal.

Meanwhile, college football fans everywhere, not just OSU fans, are cheated because the NCAA felt justified in strong-arming yet another student athlete. Don’t get me wrong, Bryant deserved punishment, just not the extreme levels handed down by the NCAA. In other news, the Reggie Bush/USC situation seems to have gone away. I get the feeling that if the NCAA was a judicial entity, a lot of citizens would be put to death for parking tickets, while the John Wayne Gacys would be slapped on the wrist, if not swept underneath a rug altogether.

In light of the NCAA’s overreaction, Bryant should be allowed to join an NFL team as a free agent. This season.