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Johnny Manziel Calls NCAA 'Joke' for Not Paying Players; Reposts 2013 Time Cover

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, TX - AUGUST 31:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a third quarter touchdown during the game against the Rice Owls at Kyle Field on August 31, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Former Texas A&M Aggies star Johnny Manziel joined the chorus of voices advocating for a seismic shift in the NCAA. 

Manziel shared a photo of the cover from the Sept. 16, 2013, edition of Time magazine in which Sean Gregory profiled the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner for a story titled, "It's Time to Pay College Athletes." Manziel echoed the sentiment:

Johnny Manziel @JManziel2

IT’S TIME! The NCAA is a joke.. https://t.co/TO8VMv2LBF

Johnny Manziel @JManziel2

I’ll take that jersey money from 2012-2013. I accept Cash, Check, Credit Card, and now accepting Bitcoin. No rush @NCAA I’ll be here https://t.co/WLSSc6b2vG

Manziel received a one-half suspension for Texas A&M's season-opening 52-31 win over the Rice Owls in 2013. The punishment came after an ESPN Outside the Lines report on how Manziel allegedly received $7,500 for an autograph signing.

Manziel hasn't been shy about voicing his issues with the NCAA in the past.

He supported Todd Gurley, who missed a chunk of the 2014 season with the Georgia Bulldogs while serving a suspension after the NCAA investigated whether he received money for capitalizing on his likeness:

Johnny Manziel @JManziel2

#FreeGurley @TG3II

In April 2017, Manziel tweeted "The worst" after ESPN's Jay Bilas highlighted how the NCAA was using images of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball players to sell UNC national championship merchandise:

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The worst https://t.co/JaqtzftvXJ

Manziel was even more blunt on the subject during an episode of Pardon My Take in February (h/t AL.com's Mark Heim).

"I think they are just full of s--t, to be honest," he said of the NCAA. "I think the NCAA is the biggest racket in the entire world. There is nothing as viewed, as watched than college sports, especially college football and college basketball."

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