ESPN: Broker claims Manziel was paid $7,500 for autographs
According to reports from ESPN, a broker claims Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing autographs.
A story released by "Outside the Lines" on Sunday, states the NCAA is investigating Manziel on reports he accepted money for autographs.
The broker says Manziel signed 300 mini- and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 while he was attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.
ESPN says the broker has two cell phone videos showing Manziel sign helmets and footballs in his hotel room, but does not show him accept money.
The broker tells ESPN the videos were shot to be used as proof of authenticity.
According to ESPN, on the videos, which the broker said were recorded without Manziel's knowledge, Manziel says that if the broker were to tell anyone, he would refuse to deal with him again in the future. and that if asked, he would say he had simply been approached by various autograph seekers.
In addition, a broker asks Manziel if he would take additional cash to sign with special inscriptions, but Manziel declines, indicating he had done that before and it led to questions.
The broker says the autographs were sold on eBay and some were passed on to dealers. He says he had enough autographs he had not sold all of them.
It's not the first time Manziel's signature has come into question with ESPN. The WWL contacted A&M in March "to address a slew of Manziel signed items that had flooded the memorabilia market." A&M responded that Manziel had stated numerous times that he had not profited off of his autograph.
According to the Outside the Lines reports, three sources claim to have witnessed Manziel sign photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker.
If the NCAA investigation finds that Manziel has violated NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 -- accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service -- he could be ruled ineligible.