(MIAMI) — According to ESPN, the NCAA is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January.
Sources say that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure fee during his trip to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship earlier this year.
Three sources said Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman.
If the NCAA investigation finds that Manziel has violated NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124, which is accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service, he could be ruled ineligible to play for the Aggies.
Texas A&M senior associate athletics director for external affairs, Jason Cook said the following in a statement Sunday. “It is Texas A&M’s longstanding practice not to respond to such questions concerning specific student-athletes.”
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