Getting caught in a lie is a teachable moment for anyone. Getting caught in a lie when there was no reason to lie is a much harder lesson to learn.
Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Dez Bryant didn’t commit an NCAA violation by going to Deion Sanders’ house. Bryant’s sin was knowingly misleading officials during an investigation. Essentially, the NCAA police flashed a bright light in Bryant’s eyes and he freaked. As a result, the NCAA suspended the All-American indefinitely. The Cowboys weren’t exactly riding high in the saddle before Bryant’s fall, but losing him is like losing your pulse. "You’ve eliminated the single-most dominant talent at a position in the league, regardless of the position,” said Pat Jones, former OSU coach and college football analyst. This is what Bryant posted on his Facebook page: "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!!” Bryant was said to be remorseful and emotional while apologizing to coaches and teammates on Wednesday. The kid messed up, and he knows it. However, such mistakes are not easily corrected. Please, save the sermon on how the NCAA is so unfair. Give it a rest. Bryant deserved to be suspended. Bryant said in his post he will not be suspended for the rest of the season. Don’t hold your breath. Why would NCAA officials expedite reinstatement to someone who just lied to them? Heck, the NCAA drags its feet on seemingly every issue it faces. Why would this organization hustle to reinstate a liar? Don’t forget, the NCAA’s wounds are still fresh from the case it just lost involving Cowboys pitcher Andy Oliver. The folks at OSU don’t anticipate much leniency from the NCAA. If Bryant is allowed to play again this season, it would rank right up there with UTEP beating Houston last Saturday.
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