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Oklahoma St. investigating potential Dez Bryant allegations

Dez Bryant

Even as it’s been well over a year since Dez Bryant last played a down for Oklahoma State, his myriad off-field issues could still come back and bite the college Cowboys square in their saddle.

Bryant, who will apparently dress up as a lawsuit this Halloween — think Denzel in Philadelphia — has been sued approximately 127 times in the past several hours*.  As it turns out, one of those lawsuits may point to NCAA violations committed by Bryant while he still had eligibility and could lead to sanctions against his former school.

As noted by our redheaded maternal third cousin once removed on Tuesday, it was claimed in a lawsuit recently filed against Bryant that the current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver had received on credit over $300,000 in jewelry and tickets to sporting events beginning in December of 2008 or January of 2009.  Tulsa World pegs the date he began receiving the “loans” as June of 2009.  Regardless of whether it’s the former or the latter date, Bryant was an eligible member of OSU’s football program when he received what would be considered impermissible benefits.

If Bryant received goods with the intention of paying back the jeweler after he turned pro, it could be a violation of NCAA amateur rules against paying players.

Bylaw states that prohibited pay includes: “Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete….”

If Cowboys officials had knowledge of Bryant’s deal soon after it happened, the school could face sanctions. If not, it’s unlikely that OSU would be penalized.

A member of OSU’s compliance department told Tulsa World that this development is “new information to us” and that “it’s something we’re certainly going to look at.”

Bryant was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA in October of 2009 for lying to the NCAA regarding certain aspects of his relationship with Deion Sanders.  An appeal led to the NCAA ruling in late October of 2009 that his eligibility would be restored in September of 2010, although Bryant opted to leave school early and make himself available for the 2010 NFL draft.

(*it’s actually three suits in a couple of months, but we felt the hyperbole was fitting.  Sorry for any inconvenience and/or angst this may have caused.)

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9 Responses to “Oklahoma St. investigating potential Dez Bryant allegations”
  1. seanmmartin says: Mar 30, 2011 11:46 AM

    There are much more pressing issues at hand that the NCAA should deal with.

    But I can see how it is easy to kick a horse while he is down…

  2. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2011 11:51 AM

    John: This is not your fault, you just report it. But, with the health concerns we have, we need some lighter news, maybe some comedies and this drum, drum, drum of infractions, law suits, money, sex, and rock n roll (no offense to rock n roll), does not seem to be conducive to healing.

    John, once again, it is not your fault, but we will sure be glad when actual college football news comes in and the old concerns of pro offenses or spread, defenses, “trick” plays, The Mad Hatter is “lucky” (wish we were that lucky), Iron Bowl, LSU v. Bama, LSU v. Oregon, strength of schedule discussions, tailgating, Is Georgia going to improve greatly this year?, etc. We think our healths will improve with that news and discussion much more…ha.

  3. BC says: Mar 30, 2011 12:02 PM


  4. soflatrojan says: Mar 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    This guy is a hell of a talent on the field and a complete mess off it. This kid needs a positive role model in his life in a bad way and its not Deion Sanders or his pimp father.

    No matter how much money he makes it appears he will be broke soon after his playing days are over.

  5. jedicurt says: Mar 30, 2011 12:35 PM

    so i completely disagree with

    “If Cowboys officials had knowledge of Bryant’s deal soon after it happened, the school could face sanctions. If not, it’s unlikely that OSU would be penalized. ”

    just because the OSU compliance office never asked Dez where is new earrings came from is not an excuse that the NCAA will accept… it is the job of the compliance office to be proactive in finding violations and stopping them…. if they knew and covered it up, the sanctions will be quite severe, if the school didn’t know about it, they will probably lose a few scholarships and that will be all.

    Look just down the road in Norman, when OU found out about Rhett Bomar, they took swift action and yet still got his with a lose of a few scholarships because they “didn’t find it quick enough”. So no finding it at all would be worse than that

  6. thefiesty1 says: Mar 30, 2011 12:45 PM

    How much bling did he not pay for in college?

  7. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 1:58 PM

    I agree, OSU is going to get hit, whether they claimed that they didn’t know or not. I think that the Cam Newton defense only goes so far.

  8. overratedgators says: Mar 30, 2011 2:48 PM

    Damn you, JT. More of your anti-Ohio State bias!!

    Oh, wait. Different OSU?


  9. medtxpack says: Mar 30, 2011 3:33 PM

    OSU shouldnt and wont get punished. seriously askin players where their new earings come from is stupid and a waste of time. “workin” for a legitimate buiness and getting paid on a payroll like Rhett Bomar reflects on the whole town as a whole and is a bigger mark than a player and an agent.

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