The answer to when the Johnny Manziel saga will end is…not today. The latest blow could be the biggest to Johnny Football’s on the field performance. ESPN reported the NCAA is investigating whether the Texas A&M signal caller was paid for signing autographs in January.
Up to this point, Manziel engaged in ‘reputation’ assassination with his off the field exploits which included leaving the Manning Passing Academy early, underage drinking, and other missteps.
The Outside the Lines report states that Manziel accept a “five figure flat fee” from an autograph broker named Drew Tieman during the 2013 BCS Championship game. The report cited two witnesses that saw Manziel signing autographs but couldn’t confirm money exchanging hands.
If the report proves to be true there is recent precedence with collegiate athletes violating NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52. This prohibits student-athletes from accepting money for promotion or sale of a product or service, and the act of doing so can affect an athlete’s amateur status and eligibility to compete in NCAA athletics.
A.J. Green was suspended four games in 2010 for selling a jersey for $1,000. The most notorious case involved six Ohio State players that exchanged memorabilia for benefits. Those six players received suspensions for up to five games and had to repay the benefits from $1,000 to $2,500 in value.
Manziel just can’t seem to get out of his own way and has done any and everything possible to stain his reputation this offseason. The Heisman winner has traveled down the downward spiral since accepting the award.
“Yeah, it could all come unraveled,” Manziel’s father told ESPN Magazine. “And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”
It’s safe to say that things are unraveling before our eyes and it’s happening at a breakneck pace.