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Dez Bryant will be ‘mad’ at NCAA if Johnny Manziel isn’t suspended

Johnny ManzielDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for lying while he was at Oklahoma State. Prior to his junior season, Bryant had a legal dinner with Deion Sanders. When he was asked about the dinner by the NCAA, Bryant got nervous he may have committed a violation and lied about it. Now, the NFL receiver says he will be bitter if Johnny Manziel doesn’t face similar punishment.

“Hell yeah, I’ll be mad,” Bryant told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday. “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.”

In other words, Bryant doesn’t want to feel that the NCAA treated him unfairly and lets other players off the hook. The problem is he admitted to lying, whereas Manziel is not going to admit to receiving money in exchange for autographs even if it happened. The NCAA would have to find the money he was allegedly paid in order to punish him.

“I did lie,” Bryant said of his situation. “I came back. I told the truth and they suspended me indefinitely. 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.”

Bryant wants to NCAA to be consistent in its punishment, but he doesn’t feel Manziel did anything wrong. In fact, he thinks collegiate athletes should be compensated for their autographs.

“He should be able to sign as many autographs and make as much money as he wants, because it’s his name,” Bryant said. “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.”

Bryant reiterated that he does not want to see Manziel suspended. As more and more stories surface about Manziel being paid for signings, it might be easier for investigators to find some concrete evidence. That would be bad news for Johnny Football.

Dez Bryant: LeBron James could play in the NFL, be a ‘beast’ in the red zone

LeBron-JamesLeBron James is one of the most well-rounded athletes to every play in the NBA. He is one of the greatest players of all time, but he also happens to be built more like Calvin Johnson than Michael Jordan. Because of his physical makeup (6-foot-8, 250 pounds), people love to speculate about whether LeBron could play in the NFL. Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant thinks there is no question about it.

“That dude is just that talented,” Bryant told ESPNDallas.com on Friday. “I think it would take him probably about a good two weeks to get very acquainted with football, knowing what he’s supposed to do. I think that’s all he’d need with his physical ability.

“I’ve seen a little bit of his highlights from high school. He’s got the hands, he can run the routes, he’s fast enough. He could play in this league if he put it all together.”

LeBron may have been able to run the routes in high school, but making the jump from high school football to the NFL is much more difficult than jumping from high school basketball to the NBA. From a physical standpoint, I don’t doubt he could compete in the NFL with a lot of practice. Learning the plays and being able to separate from NFL cornerbacks would be the issue.

“All he’d need to do is probably work on a little technique,” Bryant said. “It’s not like he’s never played football before. He has played football. I think he’d be a beast in the red zone. I think he could do it. I think he could do it, seriously.”

I’ll agree with that. It would be almost impossible to defend LeBron on a jump ball to the corner of the end zone — no matter who was covering him. Having said that, Warren Sapp thinks he’s too much of a pretty boy to ever play in the NFL. LeBron may be able to run a faster 40-yard dash than this rookie linebacker, but it takes more than just height and strength to succeed in professional football. Plus, it’s never going to happen.

Dez Bryant to sue Twitter account that made up groupie story?

While many athletes ignore rumors about them to avoid giving phony stories credibility, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant decided to take one straight on.

Someone running a now-deleted Twitter account called “NFL_NBA_Groupie” posted photos on Twitter of an alleged text conversation they had with Bryant. The conversation included raunchy talks about urination and strap-ons. There was no evidence that the conversations were real, and things looked even more fishy when that same account talked about sexual conquests involving a number of other athletes. Translation: the whole thing looked made up by some loser with too much time on their hands.

Shortly after Black Sports Online posted a story about the ridiculous claims, the Cowboys receiver struck back over Twitter.

Bryant linked to a screenshot of the alleged text conversation shared by the deleted Twitter account and said it was all baloney. “For all stupid people I don’t have a Dallas number” he wrote in a tweet that has been deleted.

To further prove his point, Bryant then linked to a screenshot of the deleted NFL_NBA_Groupie Twitter account to show that the account was a phony:

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Ex-Dallas Cowboys scout: Dez Bryant had worst background I’ve seen

Dez BryantThe recent allegations surrounding Aaron Hernandez have caused many to wonder how the New England Patriots missed potential warning signs and felt comfortable drafting and handing a big contract extension to the tight end. Teams often spend countless hours investigating players before deciding to draft or sign them. In fact, a big part of the scouting process does not involve 40-yard dashes or broad jumps, but rather an investigation into the player’s background.

During an interview with 105.3 FM The Fan’s “G-Bag Nation” on Wednesday, former Dallas Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus, who currently covers the Cowboys for the team’s official site, said Dez Bryant had the worst background he had seen.

“The worst I had ever seen of a background is the kid Dez Bryant,” Broaddus told “G-Bag Nation,” according to the Dallas Morning News. “When you look at what he went through and then you’re talking about these players, and it’s hard for them to get away from these people in their lives because these people have been with them when they were nothing, when they were nobodies. All of a sudden you’re thinking ok, I’m going to turn my back on my three buddies here. I have to change, but they ain’t changing.

“I think if Dez Bryant was playing in St. Louis or Baltimore or Seattle, I think the fact that his family is here with him, I think that was a really hard adjustment for him. Hopefully from what we’ve seen, he’s managing that well. That’s the important thing.”

What Broaddus said of Dez — that being around his family and friends could have been bad for him because it kept him tied into a bad lifestyle — may have harmed Hernandez. There were some reports that the tight end was trying to get away from his neighborhood ties after signing a $40 million contract extension.

Bryant has been the center of many controversies, but none were terribly serious until his misdemeanor family violence charge last year. When you consider some of the trouble Hernandez is facing, maybe Bryant is doing pretty well relative to his background.

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Michael Jordan to Dez Bryant: ‘Stay out of trouble’

dez-bryantDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant recently took a major step toward cementing his financial future when he signed an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, as in Michael Jordan. Bryant is obviously a risk for Jordan’s company because of his checkered past, which includes but is not limited to assaulting his own mother and causing a scene at the mall with his pants.

However, Dez also has the potential to be a superstar in the making and a major marketing tool. That’s why His Airness wants the 24-year-old to keep his head on straight.

“The only thing he told me was ‘stay out of trouble’”, Bryant said of the first time he met Jordan, via the Star-Telegram. “Hearing it from him, he is a strong voice. His opinion matters. It just adds fuel to trying to do things great at all times, that’s something you don’t want to mess up. Now, I do pay attention to that, just because of the fact of who he is and what he is about. Everybody knows Michael Jordan is about his business, so that makes you want to be about yours.”

For the most part, Bryant has kept his nose clean since the Cowboys gave him a strict set of rules to abide by last season. If he respects Jordan as much as he says he does, signing a contract with the Jordan Brand should only help motivate him to stay on track.

“I don’t know one guy who doesn’t admire him,” Bryant said. “It’s very rare to be a part of that group (a Jordan Brand athlete endorser). Just to be blessed to be part of that group means a lot to me. Before I was even signed to the brand all I rocked were Jordans. I’m blessed to be part of that. I’m going to stay focused and do my job and hold myself accountable with my actions.”

Bryant caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, so we know what he is capable of on the field. If his new deal with the Jordan Brand inspires him to keep a low profile off the field, Tony Romo could be getting an even better Bryant in 2013.

Dez Bryant takes aim at Skip Bayless for twisting his words

Dez BryantDez Bryant fired off a few tweets at Skip Bayless Wednesday to correct the ESPN host for twisting his words.

Bryant made headlines Tuesday for telling ESPN Dallas that he thinks he can reach 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Naturally, Bryant saying that 2,000 yards is a possibility led many people to believe he had predicted he would have a 2,000-yard season. The Cowboys receiver tried to set things straight over Twitter:

Bayless, to whom details are mere nuisances that interfere with his constant criticism, said the comments indicate Bryant is still immature.

The misinterpretation of his comments did not sit well with Bryant. He decided to try setting Bayless straight, which is often a pointless pursuit.

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Michael Crabtree calls himself and Dez Bryant the ‘future of the NFL’ (Video)

Michael Crabtree BOAMichael Crabtree and Dez Bryant are two of the best young receivers in football, but you don’t have to tell them that. Earlier this week, Bryant said he believes he can become the first receiver in NFL history to put up 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in a single season. From the sound of it, Crabtree supports that prediction.

A cameraman caught up with both receivers as they were leaving BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles Tuesday night and peppered them with a series of questions. When asked about the new rule changes in the NFL that will go into affect next season, Crabtree simply said they are going to “make it happen.” When asked about the issue of gay athletes playing in the NFL, Bryant said he didn’t even know what the reporter was talking about.

Crabtree then changed the subject out of nowhere.

“You ever seen the future of the NFL?” Crabtree asked. “The two hottest receivers in the game?”

The reporter, who had clearly done his homework, asked if they were going to get 2,000 yards next season. Crabtree simply said he was going to get “some yards” before giving a shout-out to his new teammate Anquan Boldin and getting into a car with Bryant.

I don’t even know how BOA handled that much confidence in one dining room at the same time. I mean did you see the way Crabtree was swagged out during his press conference back in January? Crabtree and Bryant may be Crabtree’s and Bryant’s two biggest fans.