Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Reports: Johnny Manziel suspended for half of Saturday’s game against Rice
The NCAA and A&M investigated allegations that Manziel sold autographs to memorabilia dealers.
Texas A&M's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will be suspended for the first half of the Aggies' football opener on Saturday against Rice, according to multiple reports.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports: "An agreement has been reached between the NCAA and Texas A&M that a source told ESPN's McMurphy closes the book on Manziel's recent issues. The NCAA has acknowledged Manziel did not receive money for signing autographs, the source said."
TexasAgs.com's Billy Liucci was the first to report the suspension.
RT @billyliucci: Latest on Manziel? Per multiple sources, he'll be suspended for first half of season-opener versus Rice on Saturday.
The NCAA and A&M investigated allegations that Manziel sold autographs to memorabilia dealers. He denied the allegations in the interview, according to a CBSsports.com report.
Manziel hasn’t been available for comment since reports of the accusations broke on August 4, the same day the Aggies reported for camp.
“A&M’s in a rough spot,” said former NCAA enforcement official Mark Jones before the news of the decision. “They want to be fair to the team, they want to be fair to the reputation of the university, fair to their opponents, and they also want to be fair to their player. They’ve got to evaluate all of those things.”
Kate Hairopolous contributed to this report.