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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:35 pm 
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"All of it is just rumors," Bryant said in an interview Thursday with Orlando Alzugaray of WQAM (560-AM). "I don't know why people are saying those things. I feel like if you're going to write something about somebody you need to ask that person instead of writing things like that. I surround myself with positive people. I don't have time to get into trouble. I'm trying to pursue my dream, which is to play in the NFL. ... I never did anything wrong. I never committed a crime.

"It bothers me a lot," he said. "I just had a talk with my advisor and my agent [Wednesday], and I told them that I'm not a bad person and I'm not used to people saying bad things about me. I like to make people smile. I like to bring excitement because that's what I do, and I want to keep it that way. I don't want a bad image. My bad image in my childhood, that is long gone. I've surrounded myself with bright people and I'm going to continue to stay out of trouble and move forward and play in the NFL."

Bryant also dismissed reports that he's shown up late for practices and games.

"I've never been late to a game or a practice. My freshman year, I've been late for a meeting. But as my career got going at Oklahoma State I [became more responsible]. I overcame a lot. Everything is positive now."


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:48 pm 
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JP, just like with Vontae Davis, do your homework on the kid. You busting up Dez just like you busted up Vontae early in the process.

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Nope. Just a lazy one.


Yeah... lazy and conceited. He's not even drafted and he's making noise already... comparing himself to all star football players...

For some reason I don't get a good feeling about this kid.

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Dez Bryant wrote:
"All of it is just rumors. I don't know why people are saying those things."


It sounds like he's in denial. I'd rather he say that he made some mistakes and wants to put them behind him and move forward. He'll just repeat what he did in college with a pro team.

I'm with Phins Rock on this. The kid has some real problems.


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The NCAA suspended Bryant for the final 10 games of the 2009 season for lying to an NCAA investigator who was looking into Bryant's off-season meeting with former NFL player Deion Sanders. Multiple NFL scouts have told us that Bryant comes from a difficult home situation and as a result comes with some emotional baggage.


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This is a kid that has not been arrested and does not have any type of criminal past. And yes, he has had a difficult youth, thanks to having a mom that was a drug dealer and a dad that was not around when his mother was put in prison.

Like Vontae, there were concerns. Phins was anti Vontae for a while and Dave, if I am not mistaken, you were on that boat as well.

Don't be so quick to make a final decision on a kid, especially one that has no criminal record, but has made some judgement mistakes. Mistakes we all make as youth.

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phinsfansc wrote:
Like Vontae, there were concerns.


I don't remember Vontae's problems being this much of a concern. People said there may be issues, but everyone was speculating as to what it was. All I know is there are a lot of media experts whom I respect that are saying to stay away.


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Phins was anti Vontae for a while and Dave, if I am not mistaken, you were on that boat as well.


You'll have to refresh my memory on that. It's news to me. I went to the University of Illinois before tansferring to NC State, so, I remember being excited to have a Fighting Illini on the team.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:05 pm 
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One good year and since hasn't done anything. He shouldn't even be considered in the top 15, let alone the top 10...

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Dez Bryant had a very solid freshman year and had a very big sophmore year. He played in 3 games before the suspension for the rest of the year.

43 catches, 622 yards, 14.5 per catch, 6 TD, freshman
87 catches, 1480 yards, 17.0 per catch, 19 TD, sophmore
17 catches, 323 yards, 19.0 per catch, 4 TD, junior

147 catches, 2,425 yards, 29 TD, career at OSU

We all have our opinions though.

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Some of the stuff with Vontae was real. Ron Zook did bench him for a game to prove a point to Vontae. The only other thing Vontae was guilty of is being cocky and having swag, but that was twisted into him having an attitude problem. He even got caught up in those false allegations that hit Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews, and like those kids it was not true with Vontae.

And I have stated that there are some concerns with Dez, some immaturity issues that he needs to address. He manned up and admitted he panicked and lied to the NCAA in regards to his dinner with the NCAA because he thought it might have been a violation.

But he is not even approaching some of the legitimate, documented stuff like there was out there in regards to Percy Harvin. I believe Bryant is very much like Vontae and the nonsense that was swirling around him.

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I am not questioning his ability, and iowa, I don't think anybody could possible come up with a reason for him not to be a top 15 pick if you are just going off of production. He has been a big time WR his whole career, and has incredible talent.
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Well that's just it...it's not just his production that I'm questioning. And he hasn't been a big time WR his whole career...just for one year. Yeah, he was pretty good his freshman year, but certainly not big time.

But it's been the fact that he gets suspended (rightfully or not) and starts talking about how it doesn't matter he's all that, but then he doesn't perform at the combine, or at a pro day. It raises big concerns for me if I'm a GM.

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I am not questioning his ability, and iowa, I don't think anybody could possible come up with a reason for him not to be a top 15 pick if you are just going off of production. He has been a big time WR his whole career, and has incredible talent.
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Well that's just it...it's not just his production that I'm questioning. And he hasn't been a big time WR his whole career...just for one year. Yeah, he was pretty good his freshman year, but certainly not big time.

But it's been the fact that he gets suspended (rightfully or not) and starts talking about how it doesn't matter he's all that, but then he doesn't perform at the combine, or at a pro day. It raises big concerns for me if I'm a GM.


The kid owned up to lying about the situation with Deion. You look at Bryant numbers over his career at OSU, they are very solid.

If you want to question his character, that one thing. But the kid is a talent and was productive at OSU.

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Can Miami afford to take a chance with the #12 over all pick in the first round on this guy? That is the question. Miami absolutely has to find 3 to 4 starters in this coming draft. This first round pick has to be a can't miss type pick. BP and company would have to be 100% certain this kid is going to be a legit #1 WR with zero baggage to justify using the #12 overall pick on him. If not then look at filling the OLB, NT or S needs with this pick.

Miami needs this first round pick to come in and contribute like V Davis or Jake Long not like Jason Allen or Ted Ginn.


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phinsfansc wrote:
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I am not questioning his ability, and iowa, I don't think anybody could possible come up with a reason for him not to be a top 15 pick if you are just going off of production. He has been a big time WR his whole career, and has incredible talent.
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Well that's just it...it's not just his production that I'm questioning. And he hasn't been a big time WR his whole career...just for one year. Yeah, he was pretty good his freshman year, but certainly not big time.

But it's been the fact that he gets suspended (rightfully or not) and starts talking about how it doesn't matter he's all that, but then he doesn't perform at the combine, or at a pro day. It raises big concerns for me if I'm a GM.


The kid owned up to lying about the situation with Deion. You look at Bryant numbers over his career at OSU, they are very solid.

If you want to question his character, that one thing. But the kid is a talent and was productive at OSU.


What do you think I'm questioning?

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Iowafin, from reading what you have posted, I get the impression you are questioning both his talent and his character.

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Well, I guess we can add his decision making ability to the list of concerns also. Apparently he was at the work out today of one Adam "Pac Man" Jones.

Not smart Dez, not very smart at all. It was reported on the NFL Network.

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This guy is going to come into to the NFL angry and seeking redemption. He will light it up big time. He has all the tools and the doubters are just going to give him fuel to burn. But hey, we have Ted Ginn already....no needs at WR....

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FrustratedFinFan, I'm with you on Dez Bryant for the most part, but darn dude. Is it asking to much for the kid to surround himself with people that will not feed into the negative perception of him.

Why in the hell would you be involved with Adam Jones in any way.

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People are crucifying Dez Bryant before he even enters the NFL. We are all "speculating" on this kid and how he will act or wont act once he gets drafted. I completely understand all the concerns, but I would like to hope that he hires the right people to surround him and that he proves everyone wrong. He is a young kid that needs guidance and whomever drafts this kid, needs to get someone to take him under their wing immediately.

He has tremendous talent and so much upside to become an elite receiver in the NFL. I watched him play during his high years while he played at Lufkin and he was something else from an early age on. If Miami decided to take him with the first pick, I would welcome him as a fan and really pull for a success story.


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He isn't helping his cause by working out with Pacman Jones.

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Dez Bryant reportedly attended a Friday workout hosted by former NFL defensive back Pacman Jones, according to NFL.com.

Our View: Uhh, what? Bryant is either making the most brilliant out-of-nowhere moves in the history of the NFL draft, or continuing to engage in baffling self sabotage. The latter seems far more likely.


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Yeah, I agree, probably not the smartest move to attach your name to as you start your career in the NFL.

Hopefully, Pacman is remorseful for his actions and has taken on a new attitude as he tries to reenter the NFL.

It is amazing to me that some of these athletes that seemingly have everything going for them, just mess up with stupid choices. Pacman messed up how many times??? He is absolutely even lucky that he can still have a chance to play this game.

There are so many instances to use as example, but how would you like to be Plaxico Burress and go from catching the game winning Superbowl touchdown to a 7 X 9 jail cell. I mean bringing a gun to a public night club???? That is truly amazing that some of these guys just throw away their NFL career, yet it keeps happening over and over.


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Finhead wrote:
People are crucifying Dez Bryant before he even enters the NFL.


He kind of crucified himself.

I love his talent, but his baggage raises a big red flag. I'd rather we not have to deal with him, but if we draft him I'll hold out hope for him. He will be a heck of a lot of work to keep in line ... especially with overall #12 money. I expect to see him fail NFL drug tests in his future.

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Who is this guy's agent??


Eugene Parker. He also represents last years prima donna WR/Deion Sanders disciple, Michael Crabtree.

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