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Deion Sanders at the root of Dez's eligibility issue?

Earlier this afternoon, we noted that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant had been declared ineligible by the school for violating an NCAA rule.

The Cowboys released a statement saying that “Bryant failed to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player not affiliated with OSU.”

The school did not name the ex-NFLer, but thanks to a heads-up from the good folks at the blog Shot of Ginn, we now know that Bryant has apparently fingered via Facebook the “culprit”.

Deion Sanders.

While you have to be a friend of Dez in order to view his status, here is Dez’s explanation of the situation as relayed to us by Shot of Ginn:

“This is why I’m suspended…..I went to Deion sanders house ….and the NCAA found out…..they ask me if I been to his house I told them no…I thought it was a violation…but it wasn’t… so I told them I went to his house… I lied to …them and I shouldn’t have….and I’m not suspended for the rest of the season….I’m sorry osu!!”

Which, of course, begs the question: WTF was Dez doing lying to the NCAA?  Nothing good can come of that.  Nothing.

Unfortunately for the star receiver, he found that out the hard way.

UPDATE: As noted by the esteemed Mr. Florio over at that one site you may have heard about, Deion has confirmed that he is indeed the former NFL player mentioned in OSU’s original statement on Bryant being ineligible.

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8 Responses to “Deion Sanders at the root of Dez's eligibility issue?”
  1. hrmlss says: Oct 7, 2009 6:46 PM

    Deion is recruiting for Eugene Parker.

  2. kejji says: Oct 7, 2009 7:13 PM

    What in the world is deion doing hanging with/giving bad advice to these young guys? first Michael Crabtree…now this guy…just plain weird.

  3. skinny pigeon says: Oct 7, 2009 7:16 PM

    So is his ineligibility because he did not tell the truth? That’s a legitimate reason to be declared ineligible even though he didn’t violate any rules? Or, was it a violation to go Prime Time’s house?
    I guess Coach Woodcock is glad he lied while he was still in the NFL.

  4. John Taylor says: Oct 7, 2009 7:21 PM

    @ skinny pigeon: Ineligible because he lied to the NCAA.
    And nice poke at Saban, btw…

  5. pudgalvin says: Oct 7, 2009 7:50 PM

    I could see lying about going to an NFLer’s house. Even if you went there and ate dinner, I could see thinking that that would be some ridiculous NCAA rule.
    I do think though, that it doesn’t take an genius to figure out that Deion is recruiting for Eugene Parker. I would imagine that just about all of the 50 best college football players in college have hung out with some pro athletes, who just happen to have the agent that wants to sign them when they make it to the big leagues. Except Mahatma Tebow of course.

  6. bofarr says: Oct 7, 2009 8:20 PM

    Dez just made himself a little radioactive to any NFL team that doesn’t want to deal with Eugene Parker and his entourage.

  7. WingT says: Sep 28, 2010 9:26 PM

    I predict that Dez Bryant will learn his lesson from this tragedy and move on to the NFL. Probably end up on the Dallas Cowboys roster and miss most of training camp due to a leg/ankle type of injury.

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