Johnny Manziel Reportedly Denied Receiving Money for Signing Autographs
Due to allegations of signing autographs in exchange for pay, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel finds himself in a great deal of trouble with the NCAA heading into the 2013 season. According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, however, Manziel has denied taking money.
According to Feldman, Manziel met with NCAA investigators for five-and-a-half hours on Sunday to discuss the allegations levied against him. If the NCAA were to find Manziel guilty of accepting payments from autograph and memorabilia dealers, he would almost certainly lose his eligibility to play for the Aggies this season.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
From Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN:
Kevin Sumlin said “I can’t talk about how that decision is going to be made,” regarding whether Johnny Manziel will play.— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) August 27, 2013
It is unclear which way the NCAA is leaning and how much evidence it has, but there is a lot of information to consider.
According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Manziel signed more than 4,400 autographs for three brokers in three states.
BREAKING: Sources say Manziel signed 4,400+ autographs for 3 brokers in 3 states in less than a month http://t.co/KcvRXTDfxL— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 13, 2013
While that obviously looks bad, there may not be proof that the brokers paid "Johnny Football" in exchange for his services.
Rovell also reported, however, that an autograph broker told ESPN's Joe Schad that he paid Manziel $7,500 for 300 autographs.
That particular autograph broker would be of great interest to the NCAA, and Manziel could be on the ropes if the broker spills the beans to the NCAA as well.
Manziel was the toast of college football last season as he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Manziel also slayed the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, so even bigger things are expected from him this season.
If the NCAA believes his insistence that he didn't receive pay for the autographs, then fans will have the opportunity to see Manziel light it up again this season. If evidence continues to mount against him, however, his next game may not come until 2014 at the earliest, and it could involve him wearing an NFL uniform.
Controversy has been commonplace for Manziel this offseason as rumors persist regarding the reasoning behind him leaving the Manning Passing Academy early, but getting busted by the NCAA for improper benefits would obviously blow that out of the water.
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