NCAA Investigating Whether Johnny Manziel Made Money Off of His Autographs

NCAA Investigating Whether Johnny Manziel Made Money Off of His AutographsMarvin Gentry/USA TODAY Sports

Two months ago, Johnny Manziel caught some heat when he sent out a tweet saying he couldn't wait to leave College Station. Of course, he apologized. One month later, Manziel was in the presses once again when he left the Mannings Passing Academy early. Then, a little over a week ago, a video showing the Texas A&M quarterback being kicked out of a frat party surfaced. Maybe it's just growing pains, but Johnny Football has found himself in the negative spotlight far too many times.

Now, Manziel has another issueand quite possibly, his worst one yetto deal with. According to Outside the Lines, the NCAA is investigating whether Johnny Football was paid in exchange for "signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia" back in January. Two of OTL's sources claim that saw Manziel sign memorabilia (but never saw a money exchange), which may have been part of a five-figure flat fee agreement, when he went to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship. 

The NCAA has reached out to Drew Tieman, the autograph broker who reportedly organized the signing of everything from photographs to footballs for Manziel, after they appeared on eBay.

As part of NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1, which forbids "accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service." As a result, if the NCAA finds Manziel guilty of an wrongdoing, he could be ruled ineligible.

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[via ESPN]

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