Report: Johnny Manziel meets with NCAA, denies taking money
NCAA officials put Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on the hot seat for six hours Sunday, questioning the Heisman winner whether he profited off his likeness, ESPN.com's Travis Haney reports.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, Manziel told the NCAA he didn't take money for his autograph:
According to the source, much of the NCAA's inquiry with Manziel on Sunday was focused on the quarterback's financial records and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback told the NCAA that he did not accept money from memorabilia brokers for autographs.
ESPN reported earlier this month the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel took money for his signature, which is alleged to have happened several times. ESPN reported Manziel took money to sign more than 4,000 articles of memorabilia in late January.
Manziel has not spoken to the media since the allegations arose. The Aggies open the season against Rice this Saturday. No official word had been given as to whether the redshirt sophomore would play against the Owls, as of Tuesday morning. A&M athletics director Eric Hyman issued a statement Monday evening instructing team members and coaches to stay away from answering questions regarding Manziel or his status. Manziel has been practicing.
In Texas A&M's first season in the SEC, Manziel guided the Aggies to an 11-2 record, totaling 5,116 total yards and 47 touchdowns on his way to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.