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 AL.com:

[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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Johnny Football Being Investigated By NCAA Over Autographs

Johnny Football Being Investigated By NCAA Over AutographsThe NCAA has opened up an investigation into whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has violated its amateurism rules after the Heisman Trophy winner was reportedly paid for signing memorabilia in January.

‘Could be ruled ineligible’

According to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar, Manziel was paid a “five-figure flat fee” to sign hundreds of items during a session prior to this year’s BCS National Championship Game. Manziel, whose Texas A&M squad won the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma 41-13, was in Miami for the game as a spectator. ESPN is also reporting that many of the items Manziel signed were at the behest of autograph broker Drew Tieman.

If Manziel accepted money or gifts, both he and the Aggies could face punishment. If found in violation of NCAA rules, Manziel could be ruled ineligible for the 2013 season.


‘Heisman’

ESPN’s report claims Tieman has since been contacted by NCAA officials regarding the case. James Garland, the NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, is investigating whether some items listed on eBay were linked to that session.

Manziel burst onto the scene last year, leading the Aggies to one of their finest seasons in school history. He passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions, adding 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. His all-around individual effort helped push Texas A&M to an 11-2 record, and Manziel became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman.

What do you think will be the result of the NCAA investigation? Should Johnny Manziel be sanctioned for this?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

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