FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley is shown in an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Athens, Ga. Gurley has been suspended indefinitely while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA ru
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October 11, 2014
FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs autographs for fans after his first practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. When Manziel was in college he was suspended for violating NC
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel says the NCAA should change its rules to allow college athletes to capitalize on their likeness.

Manziel said Friday he could relate to the situation involving Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who has been suspended indefinitely as the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

School officials have not revealed the nature of their investigation. But, citing anonymous sources, reported Gurley received money for signing memorabilia.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, was investigated before the 2013 season when reports surfaced that he received money for signing autographs. The NCAA agreed with Texas A&M for Manziel to sit out half a game with no finding he did anything wrong.

Manziel says he sympathizes with Gurley. He says Gurley has built a brand and he should be able to capitalize

Moments after speaking with reporters, Manziel offered his support to Gurley by tweeting: ''(hash)FreeGurley.''


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