Manziel hires attorney to fight NCAA autograph investigation

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

As the NCAA begins its early stages of investigating Johnny Manziel’s relationship with autograph brokers – guys who arrange a trade between a buyer and seller – he’s begun arming himself with a lawyer. The young Aggie from Texas A&M gained national attention as the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy last season. So, what’s the big deal if he gets slapped on the wrist for selling some autographs for $7,500, given that his football skills make him a likely prospect for NFL stardom in the future?

Well, teams might be concerned that Manziel doesn’t respect the rules in general, which could lead to more serious violations later on in his career. As far as Texas A&M, if Manziel’s found guilty, they would have to forfeit past victories in games that he played. In what is becoming a kind of rebellion against the amateurism rules of the NCAA that forbid players from making money on the side from the sport, Manziel is certainly making waves!