Johnny Manziel on Thursday admitted to accepting as much as $33,000 for signing autographs throughout his redshirt freshman 12 months at Texas A&M — after he had already gained the Heisman Trophy.
The previous Texas A&M quarterback, in an interview with Barstool Sports activities, stated he accepted offers from two totally different males to signal hundreds of autographs. Manziel was in Miami on the time for the 2013 BCS Championship recreation between Alabama and Notre Dame.
“This man comes up behind me and was like, ‘Yo, how would you wish to make three grand?’ I flip round, I am like, ‘F— yeah, bro’. I acquired like 65 bucks in my checking account. I am ready on that starting of the month January stipend test,” Manziel instructed Barstool. “So I take this man’s quantity down, we’re doing all of it sneaky, we do not wish to get caught. We’re attempting to to study from all people else who acquired caught.”
Manziel stated he went to the person’s rental, the place he was paid $3,000 to signal 10,000 autographs — 30 cents per autograph. Whereas there, Manziel stated one other man approached him to inform him he was being ripped off, providing him the variety of somebody who would pay him $30,000.
“I am like, ‘F— yeah man.’ I am making ($3,000) then ($30,000),” Manziel stated. “So this man is just about like, ‘All proper, go to this room on the Fontainebleau. All of the stuff might be in there laid out, and if you’re completed, simply ship me an image of all of it, I will provide the code to the protected and the cash might be in there.'”
Manziel stated he wasn’t apprehensive concerning the NCAA repealing the stats from his 2012 Heisman marketing campaign, or Texas A&M’s 9-4 report, including that he hadn’t accepted any cash previous to profitable school soccer’s most prestigious particular person award. The NCAA usually has a four-year statute of limitations, that means Manziel’s admission won’t lead to any punishment for A&M.
Here is the total video of Manziel explaining the state of affairs (warning: specific language used):
On the time, the NCAA investigated that Manziel had been paid for signing as much as 4,400 autographs, together with in South Florida. The group discovered that, whereas Manziel did violate identify picture and likeness guidelines on the time, he did not obtain cash from the signings. He was suspended for the primary half of the Aggies’ season opener vs. Rice, which they gained 52-31.
Manziel in 2012 turned the primary freshman ever to win the Heisman, throwing for 3,706 yards, 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He additionally added 1,410 speeding yards and 21 touchdowns. The following 12 months, he handed for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, speeding for 759 yards and 9 scores.
Manziel entered the 2014 NFL Draft following his redshirt sophomore season, turning into the twenty second general decide to the Cleveland Browns, the place he was paid legally for taking part in. Even so:
“I acquired to make considerably of a good residing in school,” Manziel stated.