Johnny Manziel says he accepted $ 33,000 to sign autographs at Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel admitted Thursday that he accepted up to $ 33,000 for signing autographs during his first year in the red shirt at Texas A&M – having previously won the Heisman Trophy.
The former Texas A&M quarterback, in an interview with Barstool Sports, said he took deals from two different men to sign thousands of autographs. Manziel was in Miami at the time for the 2013 BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.
“This guy came up behind me and said, ‘Yo, how would you like to make three thousand dollars?’ I turn around, I’m like, ‘F — yeah, bro.’ I’ve got about $ 65 in my bank account. I’m waiting for that allowance check from the beginning of January, “Manziel told Barstool. “So I take this guy’s number, we do it all sneaky, we don’t want to get caught. We try to learn from everyone else who got caught.”
Manziel said he went to the man’s apartment, where he was paid $ 3,000 to sign 10,000 autographs – 30 cents per autograph. While there, Manziel said another man approached him to tell him he was being ripped off, offering him the number of someone who would pay him $ 30,000.
“I’m like ‘F-yeah man.’ I earn ($ 3,000) then ($ 30,000), ”Manziel said. “So this guy is kind of like, ‘Okay, go to that room at the Fontainebleau. All the stuff will be in there, and when you’re done just send me a picture of it all, I’ll’ I’ll tell you. give the safe code and the money will be in there. ‘”
Manziel said he was not worried that the NCAA would repeal his 2012 Heisman campaign stats, or Texas A&M’s 9-4 record, adding that he didn’t accept any money until he won the award. most prestigious individual in college football. The NCAA typically has a four-year statute of limitations, which means Manziel’s admission will not result in any penalties for A&M.
Here is Manziel’s full video explaining the situation (note: explicit language used):
At the time, the NCAA investigated that Manziel was paid for signing up to 4,400 autographs, including in South Florida. The organization found that although Manziel violated the rules of image and likeness of the name at the time, he did not receive money from signatures. He was suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice, which they won 52-31.
Manziel in 2012 became the first freshman to win the Heisman, throwing for 3,706 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added 1,410 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. The following year, he had 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, rushing for 759 yards and nine scores.
Manziel entered the 2014 NFL Draft after his second red shirt season, becoming the 22nd overall pick for the Cleveland Browns, where he was legally paid for playing. However:
“I was able to earn a decent living in college,” Manziel said.