Johnny Manziel Suspended For Half-Game Opener

Johnny Manziel Suspended For Half-Game OpenerJohnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of Texas A&M’s season opener against Rice for his involvement in an autograph scandal.

‘Secondary violation’

According to’s Billy Liucci, Manziel violated secondary violation bylaw which is called “Use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture Without Knowledge or Permission”.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” first discovered that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner had reportedly agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for payment during a trip to Miami in January to view the BCS National Championship Game.

As per ESPN, Manziel allegedly inked his signature on various items—ranging from photographs to football helmets—after meeting with autograph broker Drew Tieman and was given a flat-rate payment said to be worth somewhere around five figures in exchange for the autographs.

‘Vaulted into the spotlight’

Johnny Football directly helped score a ridiculous 47 touchdowns in 2012, and none of the backups on the roster project to have anywhere near the same impact as the sophomore signal-caller.

This suspension caps off a tough offseason for Manziel, who has struggled to deal with his newfound celebrity. After winning the Heisman Trophy last season, he was vaulted into the spotlight and has stayed there.

Do you approve of the half-game suspension of Johnny Manziel? Do you think this suspension will propel him to be a better football player when he comes back?

Source: Alex Kay | Bleacher Report

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Kirk Herbstreit Calls Johnny Manziel The ‘Dumbest Player’ Ever

Kirk Herbstreit Calls Johnny Manziel The 'Dumbest Player' EverPeople are lying, or else Johnny Manziel is a moron. That’s the situation according to Kirk Herbstreit, who recently spoke out on the Texas A&M quarterback and the current NCAA investigation into his alleged involvement in paid memorabilia signing sessions.

‘Dumbest player to ever play football’

Herbstreit fielded questions regarding Manziel’s situation during an interview on Tuesday, when the ESPN analyst stated his opinion concerning college players willfully taking money for their signature. Herbstreit’s take on the Johnny Football autograph controversy was noted by Jon Solomon of

[The memorabilia allegations are] the most far-fetched story I’ve ever heard of, or [Manziel]’s the dumbest player to ever play college football…It’s mind-boggling that he would walk into a room with these memorabilia people that he doesn’t even know and be willing to sign things and allegedly be paid.

‘Cashing in’

Herbstreit expressed his hope that the allegations would prove false and that the world will get to see Manziel lead the Aggies against Alabama on Sept. 14 at Kyle Field.

The main ideological divide is founded in one question: Should college athletes be allowed to cash in on their names via memorabilia signing or the sale of merchandise?

The answer differs from journalist to journalist. Herbstreit told reporters he would be fine with players receiving small stipends, as well as the creation of a fund for the royalties from jersey sales to be collected after college. He is against players actively marketing and cashing in while in school.

What is your opinion regarding this latest Johnny Manziel controversy? Is it worth fussing over or not?

Source: Dan Carson | Bleacher Report

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