Sunday, August 4, 2013

NCAA reportedly investigating Johnny Manziel.

One day before fall camp at Texas A&M begins, and Darren Rovell reports a doozy of story that  the Aggies' starting quarterback Johnny Manziel allegedly accepted money for sighing autographs.

"MIAMI -- The NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January, "Outside the Lines" has learned. Two sources tell "Outside the Lines" that the Texas A&M quarterback agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure flat fee during his trip to Miami for the BCS National Championship Game. Both sources said they witnessed the signing, though neither saw the actual exchange of money.

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 the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to attend the game between Alabama and Notre Dame the next day."

This story could blow up bad for either Manziel, the NCAA, or both. Especially with the latter dealing with the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit.

(via ESPN)

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