Johnny Manziel is somehow both on top of the world and facing the worst pressure imaginable. Johnny Football, AKA Johnny Heisman, is one of the most famous players in football, one of the most in-demand media appearances, and also one of the most investigated players since Cam Newton’s father was trying to sell him on the open market. The NCAA is investigating Johnny Football for inappropriate conduct, because they believe he took money in exchange for his autograph during a Walter Camp Football Foundation event in New Haven, Connecticut. Johnny Manziel is accused of breaking NCAA rules by accepting $7500 from autograph brokers. Here’s the NCAA rule Manziel allegedly broke.
126.96.36.199 Advertisements and Promotions After Becoming a Student-Athlete. After becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:
(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.
This is the third allegation from an autograph broker against Manziel in recent weeks, though this is the first time he’s been caught on tape actually signing the stuff; there was no footage of money changing hands, which means good luck proving it. However, the NCAA has a low burden of proof if you’re not USC, so I figure something will happen as a result of these allegations, even if it’s just Manziel will miss a game against Podunk State Tech and the Texas A&M Aggies will be out a few hundred thousand dollars in lawyer fees (the university has already lawyered up to protect its star football-thrower).
Meanwhile, you can go to the NCAA’s official store and buy a Johnny Manziel jersey as we speak.
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