Seriously, does ANYONE really think that he didn't do these autograph signings or didn't get paid. Naivety is one thing; stupid is something else.
Regardless, looking forward to a good football game today.
On the eve of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, visual proof emerges of Johnny Manziel signing for an autograph broker.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell obtained the photo and published the story late Friday afternoon. The photo shows Manziel signing for South Florida autograph broker Drew Tieman in early January. Rovell says two sources have confirmed the photo as legitimate.
ESPN reported last month that Manziel signed more than 1,100 autographs for Tieman over a two-day period. ESPN sources say Tieman paid more than $10,000 to authenticate the autographs. In all, sources told the ESPN program “Outside The Lines” that Manziel signed at least 4,400 autographs for Tieman and other brokers.
While an NCAA investigation failed to turn up evidence that Manziel received payments for signing the autographs, he was suspended for the first half of the season-opening game against Rice for violating an NCAA bylaw which states that student-athletes cannot allow products with their names and likenesses to be sold even if they do not profit from it.
CollegeFootballTalk.com wonders if Manziel could potentially face any other punishment from Texas A&M. “If it comes out that he did in fact lie and it can be proven by the NCAA and Texas A&M,then Manziel would also be in direct violation of Texas A&M’s honor code, which could lead to being expelled from the university entirely.” As USA Today points out, the NCAA can reopen its case if additional information is revealed.
That’s all to be decided on another day. For now, Manziel is the Aggies quarterback just hours from kicking off against Alabama. Will an off-field issue can become an on-field distraction? We shall see.