Dez Bryant lying to the NCAA regarding an innocuous meeting he had with Deion Sanders in 2009 effectively cost the former Oklahoma State wide receiver the remainder of his collegiate career.
Now Prime Time is once again connected to a situation that may or may not constitute an NCAA violation (more than likely the latter), although this one hits a little closer to home.
Last week, photos appeared on social media websites of SMU wide receiver Deion Sanders Jr. and some of his teammates hanging out backstage with rapper Lil’ Wayne. The father of the SMU receiver told Adam Lawson of the Valley Morning Star that “his son was being investigated because ‘they’re trying to say (he) got into the concert because (he’s) an SMU player.’” The elder Sanders went on to explain that Lil’ Wayne is one of his best friends.
While the former Florida State star claimed that the NCAA is investigating his son, his son’s school claims otherwise.
“It’s not the NCAA. It’s our compliance office. Just doing their due diligence,” SMU official Brad Sutton said via text message when asked about who was probing what. “We don’t expect to find anything amiss, but it’s our responsibility to check stuff like this out.”
What SMU will likely find is that Sanders Jr. and his teammates were backstage because of who the former’s father is, not because they’re Mustang football players.
Sanders Jr. enrolled at SMU this past January after spending one season at the prep school Atlanta Sports Academy. He’s expected to see time this season as a slot receiver.
(Tip O’ the Cap: Dallas Morning News)
(Photo courtesy of Deion Sanders’ Twitter account)