“All of it is just rumors,” Bryant told
Orlando Alzugaray of WQAM radio in Miami, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “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,” Bryant said of the criticism. “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 claims that he had no issue with showing up on time while in college.
“I’ve never been late to a game or a practice,” Bryant said. “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
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported several weeks ago that Bryant was “consistently late” for team activities, including games.
Of course, it’s hard to believe Bryant on this one, because he proved last year when lying to NCAA investigators that he’ll say whatever he has to say in order to advance his own interests. Thus, the fact that he was lying then will make it hard to believe that he’s telling the truth now.