Former Austin Peay Defensive Back Deceived By Fake Falcons Tryout
Juantarius Bryant is a former defensive back who played at Austin Peay State University. Bryant earned First-Team All Ohio Valley Conference in 2019, which was the last season he participated in. He also registered 108 total tackles and four broken-up passes. He recently revealed that he was seemingly given an opportunity to try out for the Atlanta Falcons, which he later discovered to be a hoax.
Bryant, In a statement posted to a Twitter account, announced that the “opportunity of attending rookie minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons was not a legit opportunity”. He expanded upon his statement, detailing that “someone contacted [him] from a 404 area code number pretending to be Dean Pees, the DC for the Atlanta Falcons” with the offer to attend the minicamp.
It’s been a rough few days, but I felt the need to clear the air and get this off my chest. Honestly ready to move on from the situation. pic.twitter.com/yUJELOstZW
— Juantarius Bryant (@TheyLoveMyHair_) May 15, 2021
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Bryant revealed that he “did not realize it was not a legit opportunity until [he] traveled to the facility for Rookie Minicamp check-in on Wednesday.” He characterized this experience as “one of the most embarrassing things that has ever happened to [him].”
“At the end of the day, this will not make or break me. I will still continue to fight for my dreams because I know it’s what I really want,” Bryant concluded.
“Juan has handled this situation with class. I hate the situation and have talked with representatives at the Atlanta Falcons. All parties involved are frustrated but [Bryant] will get his opportunity soon,” said Corey Alexander, Bryant’s agent.
Bryant announced on May 17 that he will participate in a HUB Football event on May 23 after receiving an invitation. HUB football was created by well-known agent Don Yee and is described as a “developmental product specifically designed to help propel street free agent professional football players toward their next professional football destination.” Players can only attend the HUB event if they have been invited. Several NFL teams, such as the Falcons, will be in attendance, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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