The NCAA is finally sniffing around Johnny Manziel

johnny manzielYou knew it was just a matter of time. You always knew that the NCAA was lying in wait for a chance to make an example out of their biggest star.

Why? Because the NCAA is the worst. Case in point: the details surrounding the investigation of possible NCAA violations by Johnny Manziel.

According ESPN’s Outside the Lines, the NCAA is investigating Manziel for allegedly profiting from autographs. The report states that Manziel struck a deal to paid for his autograph during the festivities leading up to the Discover BCS National Championship in Miami.

he NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January, “Outside the Lines” has learned. Two sources tell “Outside the Lines” that the Texas A&Mquarterback agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure flat fee during his trip to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship. Both sources said they witnessed the signing, though neither saw the actual exchange of money.

Three sources said Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman. Two sources, who are aware of the signing arrangement, told “Outside the Lines” that Tieman approached Manziel on Jan. 6, when he landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to attend the game between Alabama and Notre Dame the next day.

After that meeting, three sources said, Manziel, accompanied by his friend and personal assistant Nathan Fitch, visited Tieman’s residence and signed hundreds of items in the main room of the apartment despite the fact that there were many people in the room. Before Manziel left South Florida, after taking in the title game, he signed hundreds of autographs more, one source said.

The source also told “Outside the Lines” that James Garland, the NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, in June contacted Tieman and at least one person associated with the signings. The source said Garland, who did not return calls from “Outside the Lines” for comment, told the person that he wanted to talk about Manziel signing items that had appeared for sale on eBay. An NCAA spokeswoman cited NCAA policy to “Outside the Lines” and declined to comment.

I won’t get into how Manziel should be allowed to make all the money people are willing to pay him because that’s pretty obvious. What’s also obvious is that the NCAA is trying to uphold their “amateurism” charade. And what about way to do so than slap down the biggest name playing in NCAA athletics today.

It’s all really a shame.

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