NCAA reportedly investigating Johnny Manziel for paid autograph signing

johnny manziel cashJohnny Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting a flat five-figure fee to sign autographs in January, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reports.

According to the report, Manziel was approached by autograph broker Drew Tieman after landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport the day before attending the BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

The two sides supposedly reached an agreement, because the report says Manziel and his friend/assistant Nathan Finch went to Tieman’s apartment, where the Heisman Trophy winner signed hundreds of autographs. Manziel also supposedly signed hundreds of more items before leaving Florida.

[Photo: Is this the man who paid Johnny Manziel for autographs?]

The NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, James Garland, supposedly contacted Tieman in June about the allegations.

A slew of Manziel-signed memorabilia supposedly flooded the market in March, leading the NCAA to investigate. Texas A&M responded to an ESPN inquiry about the influx of Manziel-autographed memorabilia on the market with this statement in March:

“Johnny has indicated on numerous occasions and, once again earlier today, that he has never (and to his knowledge, his parents, other relatives and friends have ever) been compensated though cash or other benefits or promises of deferred compensation for providing his autograph.”

Manziel could be ruled ineligible if the NCAA finds that he was paid to autograph multiple items. According to John Infante of Bylaw Blog, the NCAA would have to find the money Manziel was paid in order to rule him ineligible. That would likely prove difficult to find.

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The timing of this report is extremely interesting; the subject of Manziel signing autographs was prominently mentioned in both ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated’s feature stories on the Heisman Trophy winner. Both stories said Manziel sought assistance from a counselor concerning all the stressful issues in his life, and he said autograph demands were the top item creating stress for him. In the stories, Manziel complained about all the items teammates and family wanted him to autograph for them.

Previous Johnny Manziel controversies
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Photo: Johnny Manziel has fake Texas Longhorns tattoo
Fake Photo: Manziel’s Heisman Trophy has marijuana blunt
Photo: Johnny Manziel throws up Texas Tech ‘Guns Up’ symbol
Johnny Manziel flashes his cash inside casino

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  • goldie000

    Say it isn’t so, seems like everything he does is under a microscope. He’s only 20, can he just enjoy his life. College football is making billions off these kids and it’s all good, they need to be compensated, they catch hell with all the restrictions the face, is not fair

  • Johnny 5

    Athletes get free schooling (if they go to class), free room and board, free meals. They leave school owing no money and with no loans. That is more than enough compensation and paying them should be out of the question. Rules are rules and if any are broken then he should be ruled ineligible. And not every school makes the millions people think. Big schools may cash in but smaller schools don’t when you consider how much it costs to run a football team with travel, food, etc.


    For now, the rules apply to Manziel too! Granted, the rules seem to penalize college athletes who should be allowed to support themselves.

  • NFL Madness

    This kid thinks he’s untouchable, but the NCAA doesn’t f* around. @Johnny5 is right. They get full rides, they live on campus, they are kings for as long as they are playing ball. Manziel is the same as Lawrence Phillips, Ryan Leaf, and JaMarcus Russell. All that fame is going to his head and he won’t be able to handle it, then he will be the 35 y/o at the frat party talking about his glory days at A&M

  • Jim Dunlap

    NCAA Makes More Off Free Black Labor than Confederacy Did!

    Historical average slave auction price was $380 in
    1840. 2012 inflation adjusted value is $10,000. There were
    8,000,000 African Americans in the Confederacy in 1840. So that totals
    $80 billion in 2012 dollars. Assuming a 5% return on capital, those slaves
    would generate about $4 billion per year in profit. I would venture that
    all the NCAA members’ profits off free black labor (i.e., athletes), including
    the annual $1 Billion March Madness TV Deal, $3 Billion annual Football TV
    Deal, etc. is in excess of $4 billion per year. They only have to feed
    and house the free black labor with little time or expense spent on education
    — just like in the Confederacy! I tip my hat to them—billions off free
    black labor into the 21st Century and no annoying Northern states to
    fuss with. Go NCAA!