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Johnny Manziel using same lawyers Cam Newton had while in college

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel is reportedly under investigation by the NCAA to determine if he accepted a five-figure payment from an autograph broker to sign memorabilia while he was in Florida for the BCS National Championship Game in January. If the NCAA finds proof, Manziel could be ruled ineligible. Texas A&M has reportedly hired an experienced law firm to prevent that from happening.

USA Today Sports confirmed on Monday that Texas A&M has retained the services of Lightfoot, Franklin and White of Birmingham, Ala. to counsel them on the latest Manziel drama. The firm is the same one that represented Auburn and helped keep Cam Newton eligible during his pay-for-play investigation in 2010.

As we mentioned earlier, investigators would have to find the money Manziel was allegedly paid in order to rule him illegible. That would be no easy task, but a new report about a second autograph broker reportedly being asked for money by Manziel could complicate things.

Auburn’s legal fees from the Newton case totaled more than $170,000, according to USA Today. The Aggies are clearly willing to go to great lengths to protect Manziel and keep him eligible, which they should be able to do if the NCAA continues to struggle to get the autograph brokers to cooperate with their investigation.

At this point, it appears the only thing the NCAA has to work with is an “Outside the Lines” report which cited two unnamed people who claim to be aware of the arrangement between Manziel and the first broker. There is also a picture of Manziel signing a stack of photos, though that does not mean he received any compensation for doing so. The NCAA will need a lot more info that it currently has for Manziel to miss games.

Report: Johnny Manziel asked for money from second autograph broker

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel reportedly is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting a five-figure payment from an autograph broker to sign memorabilia while in Florida for the BCS National Championship Game in January. Now, ESPN reports that a second autograph broker says Manziel wanted to be compensated to sign autographs.

ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Manziel signed autographs for a broker for no charge on two occasions in November. The sessions reportedly occurred the night before the Texas A&M vs. Alabama game in November, and a few days after the game. Manziel reportedly signed about 50 items in the first session and about 200 in the second. The broker tells ESPN that at a later date, Manziel would no longer sign for free, and that the quarterback’s personal assistant, Nathan Finch, said they would need money to sign items.

Schad says he received this photo from the second broker as proof that Manziel signed autographs for him:

Even if Manziel was paid to sign autographs — which would be a violation of NCAA rules — the Texas A&M quarterback might not have to worry about his eligibility being stripped. The NCAA would likely have a difficult time proving that Manziel accepted payment for the autographs, especially considering that the broker reportedly is not assisting NCAA investigators.

A Drew Tieman posed for picture with Manti Te’o, was busted for marijuana possession

The NCAA reportedly is investigating Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for allegedly getting paid to sign autographs in January. Manziel reportedly received a flat five-figure payment from memorabilia broker Drew Tieman, whom the quarterback met at the airport in Fort Lauderdale upon arriving in Florida to attend the BCS National Championship Game.

There are currently few details available on Tieman.

We were able to locate a Drew Tieman on Facebook, though the person’s page has now been deleted. On January 3, that Tieman shared a photo on Facebook of himself posing for a picture with former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in Fort Lauderdale:

Drew Tieman Manti Te'o

The same Drew Tieman who shared the above photo on Facebook appears to be the same Drew Tieman who was booked on Dec. 17, 2009 in Miami for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. The Drew Tieman who was booked in Dec. 2009 was charged with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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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:

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Johnny Manziel has a personal assistant, hires security when he goes out

Johnny ManzielBy now we are all well aware that Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel is not your average college student. Manziel is larger than life, and that has more to do with the rock star lifestyle he lives than the fact that he is the only freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Not every Heisman winner has a personal assistant.

One of the people ESPN the Magazine’s Wright Thompson wrote about in his behind-the-scenes look at Manziel’s life is Manziel’s high school friend Nate Finch, known to his buddies as Uncle Nate. Finch dropped out of school this year to focus on working as Manziel’s personal assistant and manager. And when Manziel sent that tweet about being anxious to leave College Station, the backlash was tough to manage.

“Johnny is in a bad mood,” Nate said at the time. “He’s gotta get out of this fishbowl. If he’s getting in trouble for sending a tweet…”

We later found out that the tweet had to do with a parking ticket, but Manziel created an unnecessary firestorm when he could have just kept it to himself.

Uncle Nate handles media requests for Manziel and also helps coordinate a security team from Houston that Manziel’s parents want him to hire when he goes out in public. That’s right, the 20-year-old has a security team. While Nate said he and Manziel have their “own security team paid for by us,” he admitted he means paid for by Manziel’s parents, who want people to be around to squash any potential confrontations before they start.

[Related: Johnny Manziel's dad worried son could have ugly unraveling]

Perhaps Uncle Nate and his security team helped Manziel avoid getting into trouble when he was tossed out of a frat party recently and someone chucked a beer in his direction.

While many will argue that Manziel needs a personal assistant and bodyguards because he is a star quarterback in the SEC, that is not entirely true. If he didn’t love to party so much and kept more of a low profile, he would probably be just fine. As we have learned, that is not what Manziel is about.

Johnny Manziel’s dad worried son could have ugly unraveling

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel is one of the most scrutinized figures in the history of collegiate athletics, and even his family is worried about him crumbling as a result of the spotlight and attention away from the field.

Manziel’s adjustment to his new life since winning the Heisman Trophy last season was the focus of an excellent article by Wright Thompson for ESPN The Magazine. Thompson’s article includes quotes and anecdotes from many of Manziel’s family members, who recognize how much things have changed because of Manziel’s fame. Manziel’s parents even say they sometimes feel as if they do not know their son and are worried about him getting consumed by his “Johnny Football” persona.

Manziel’s father, Paul, acknowledges in the article that there are many similarities between the two men. Both have combative personalities and showed immaturity in young age.

“I cringe when he wants to play golf,” Paul Manziel told Thompson. “I don’t want to do it, but I know I have to do it. Because he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he’s wrong — and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who’s gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn’t gonna do it.”

Even though Manziel is entering his redshirt sophomore season and does not turn 21 until December, the article is rife with references to the quarterback drinking alcohol.

“He ate Skittles, drank beer and won the Heisman,” Manziel’s father is quoted as saying.

The article talks about Manziel drinking beer in his hotel room after winning the Heisman Trophy and ordering drinks at restaurants. Manziel’s father quit drinking to set a good example for his son. He told Thompson he wonders if his son drinks to deal with all his stress.

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Johnny Manziel trumps Twitter hater with Heisman Trophy picture

Johnny Manziel put a Twitter hater in place by throwing down the ultimate trump card — a picture of his Heisman Trophy.

Manziel received attention this weekend for getting kicked out of one Texas fraternity party and for wearing a Tim Tebow New York Jets jersey to another. Anytime Manziel is in headlines for what he does off the field, he receives a big reaction on social media. And it sure seems like he thrives off the online hate.

The Texas A&M quarterback has admitted that he responds to people on Twitter out of boredom, which may have been his motivation for responding to another hater on Sunday. Manziel sent a series of tweets seemingly intended to quell the grumbling regarding his off-field life.

After one Twitter hater told Manziel that he had a “lucky year” and isn’t going to do s— this season, the quarterback sent a solid response.

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