During the 2009 regular season, former NFL defensive back and current NFLN analyst Deion Sanders found himself in the middle of two controversies. One involved 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, and one involved former Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant.
The Crabtree issue arose because of Deion’s decision to wade into the dispute between player and team, creating the perception that Deion was doing the bidding of his former agent, Eugene Parker, and prompting some to wonder whether Deion was being paid by Parker.
Bryant lost his college eligibility after lying about his interactions with Sanders. Some believed that Sanders was acting as a “runner” for Parker, hoping to get Bryant to pick Parker.
Sanders at all times has denied any impropriety.
That said, a league source tells us that Bryant has hired Parker. The source sarcastically called the decision “the biggest surprise of the year.”
We’ve heard that the NCAA is exploring whether Parker was involved in the Sanders-Bryant interactions that resulted in Bryant losing his eligibility. The problem is that, because the NCAA’s power extends only to member institutions, their employees, and current student-athletes, the NCAA has no ability to force folks like Parker and Sanders to cooperate with information and/or documents.