The punishment was handed down after it was revealed that Bryant had lied to an NCAA official investigating his relationship with Deion Sanders. At the time, Bryant was thought of generally as the best receiver among the college ranks, and even an early Heisman candidate.
As it happened, the 2008 Biletnikoff finalist was limited to three games in 2009.
Bryant contends that his actions were an ill-conceived attempt at protecting his family.
"I was nervous," Bryant said of the situation, per the Dallas Morning News. "At the time, it was just my mom, my brother and my sister, and I was just looking out for them. And when that came up, I did get nervous. I didn’t know what to do and I said the first thing that came to mind: 'No, I didn’t go out to Deion Sanders’s house,' which I know that I did.
"I just felt like I was protecting them, and I wasn’t just protecting myself."