Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel insists has had a tumultuous offseason to say the least. He’s been in the headlines for a lot more than just football, which isn’t uncommon for a player thrust into the spotlight like he has been. In his opinion, though, it seems like he doesn’t think that he’s done anything wrong in regards to the current scandal regarding his accepting money for autographs, which is against NCAA rules.
According to CBSsports.com and their inside source, Manziel met with NCAA investigators for around six hours on Sunday.
According to the source, much of the NCAA’s inquiry with Manziel on Sunday was focused on the quarterback’s financial records and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback told the NCAA that he did not accept money from memorabilia brokers for autographs.
Manziel is accused by the NCAA of accepting payment for autographs, which (as mentioned earlier) is an NCAA rules violation. Manziel has been accused of accepting money, in one case as much as $7,500, for signing thousands of autographs in six sessions for three different memorabilia dealers in three different states. That would violate an NCAA rule prohibiting athletes from promoting commercial products for sale,
As of now, the NCAA is in an investigative stage and hasn’t publicly official allegations against the A&M quarterback.
Texas A&M seems to be working feverishly to keep the media away from the rest of their players and staff, despite the fact that A&M has a media availability day on Tuesday. According to athletic director Eric Hyman said in a prepared statement:
“The focus of our coaches and student athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday, and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel,”
The problem that the Aggies are facing with their decision to play him or not is in regards to possible NCAA violations if Manziel plays in the season opener against Rice on Saturday. If the team plays him at quarterback and Manziel is later ruled ineligible or suspended by the NCAA, the team could face penalties.
As of right now, Manziel has continued to practice with the first-unit offense. This indicates that he either will play on Saturday or A&M is working on a very elaborate smokescreen to keep the media attention off the rest of the squad.
What do you think?
Is Johnny Manziel’s college career in hot water?
Will he play against Rice on Saturday?
What will happen to A&M if he does play?
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