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, mentioned he accepted offers from two completely different males to signal hundreds of autographs. Manziel was in Miami on the time for the 2013 BCS Championship sport between Alabama and Notre Dame.
“This man comes up behind me and was like, ‘Yo, how would you need to make three grand?’ I flip round, I am like, ‘F— yeah, bro’. I bought like 65 bucks in my checking account. I am ready on that starting of the month January stipend examine,” Manziel instructed Barstool. “So I take this man’s quantity down, we’re doing all of it sneaky, we do not need to get caught. We’re making an attempt to to study from all people else who bought caught.”
Manziel mentioned he went to the person’s apartment, the place he was paid $3,000 to signal 10,000 autographs — 30 cents per autograph. Whereas there, Manziel mentioned 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 mentioned. “So this man is just about like, ‘All proper, go to this room on the Fontainebleau. All of the stuff shall be in there laid out, and while you’re accomplished, simply ship me an image of all of it, I am going to provide the code to the secure and the cash shall be in there.'”
Manziel mentioned he wasn’t frightened concerning the NCAA repealing the stats from his 2012 Heisman marketing campaign, or Texas A&M’s 9-4 file, including that he hadn’t accepted any cash previous to profitable school soccer’s most prestigious particular person award. The NCAA typically has a four-year statute of limitations, that means Manziel’s admission is not going to end in any punishment for A&M.
Here is the total video of Manziel explaining the scenario (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 title 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 dashing yards and 21 touchdowns. The following 12 months, he handed for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, dashing for 759 yards and 9 scores.
Manziel entered the 2014 NFL Draft following his redshirt sophomore season, changing into the twenty second total choose to the Cleveland Browns, the place he was paid legally for enjoying. Even so:
“I bought to make considerably of a good dwelling in school,” Manziel mentioned.