Sunday, August 4, 2013
NCAA is reportedly investigating Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for selling autographs
Nothing is confirmed yet.
The NCAA is investigating whether Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs, according to a report by ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
The report cites unnamed sources who say they watched Manziel sign autographs on a number of different items for a broker named Drew Tieman and was paid a flat, five-figure fee for his work.
If the NCAA finds the allegations true, Manziel is in violation of an NCCA bylaw 126.96.36.199. The bylaw states that an athlete is not eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if he or she: "a. Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind, or b. Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual’s use of such product or service."
Texas A&M released a statement, "It is Texas A&M's longstanding practice not to respond to such questions concerning specific student-athletes," and declined to comment to "Outside the Lines" further. ESPN's calls to other members involved, including Manziel, Tieman, and Manziel's father were not returned.
The report states that memorabilia dealers said they were flooded with a number of Manziel products after BCS title game. Manziel allegedly signed the items while he was in Miami for the game.
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