NCAA Investigating Manziel over Alleged Autograph Sales
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is in more trouble with the NCAA, which is investigating if he profited off autographs on photos and sports memorabilia. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported he accepted a five-figure fee when he attended the national championship game in January in Miami, FL.
Three sources said Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman. Two sources, who are aware of the signing arrangement, told "Outside the Lines" that Tieman approached Manziel on Jan. 6, when he landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to attend the game between Alabama and Notre Dame the next day.
After that meeting, three sources said, Manziel, accompanied by his friend and personal assistant Nathan Fitch, visited Tieman's residence and signed hundreds of items in the main room of the apartment despite the fact that there were many people in the room. Before Manziel left South Florida, after taking in the title game, he signed hundreds of autographs more, one source said.
If this is true it means he violated NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199, which states “accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service,” and he could lose his eligibility. He won the Heisman Trophy last year.
Now Brett McMurphy is reporting Manziel is not on A&M’s Monday Media Day list.
This is another stain on his scandal filled offseason. He was recently kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy and also tweeted out he could not wait to leave College Station, TX.