The saga continues for Johnny Manziel…
Yesterday, ESPN reported that the NCAA is currently looking into whether or not the Texas A&M quarterback made money off of his autographs this offseason. According to ESPN's Outside the Lines, Manziel reportedly made five figures back in January for "signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia." And a short time ago, ESPN's Joe Schad sent out a series of tweets indicating that Manziel may have been paid by another autograph broker last year in exchange for Manziel signing a bunch of stuff for him.
A prominent autograph broker in Southeast said Johnny Manziel's personal assistant told him he could have another session, but for $— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2013
The prominent autograph broker provided ESPN photo of Johnny Manziel signing a stack of photos allegedly in hotel room night b/f Bama game— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2013
That broker (not connected to South Florida signing allegations) said he has declined to return 6 calls from NCAA— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2013
Alleged Johnny Manziel autograph "proof picture" broker claims he shot pic.twitter.com/RR7oExSp4o— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2013
Is this definitive proof that Manziel has accepted money in the past for autograph signing sessions? No. In fact, the broker who provided this photo to ESPN says that Manziel was not paid for this particular session that the "proof picture" stems from. But he also says that, a short time after this session, a rep for Manziel told him that he would no longer be doing autograph sessions for free. And if that turns out to be true, Manziel could be in big trouble right now.
[via Joe Schad]