College football fans are already familiar with the Johnny Manziel autograph scandal, the half-game suspension and the celebration that made his coach sit him out for the rest of the game. But have people seen proof of Manziel signing a controversial autograph? Not really, but ESPN changed that on Friday.
ESPN has obtained a picture of Johnny Manziel signing in autograph broker Drew Tieman’s apartment http://t.co/568H1AoVi0— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 13, 2013
ESPN obtained photos of Manziel signing an autograph with South Florida stock broker Drew Tieman in early January. Sources told ESPN that the Heisman winner signed more than 1,100 over a two-day span for Tieman, who paid $10,000 to authenticate these autographs with James Spence Authentication. Those sources also say Manziel signed 4,400 photos for numerous brokers.
Texas A&M's senior associate athletic director Jason Cook said the NCAA and school found "there is no evidence Manziel received monetary reward [which is against NCAA rules] in exchange for autographs." But if evidence does leak that Manziel did receive such awards, Johnny Football is going to be taking some Ls.
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