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Houston (CBS Houston) – The saga continues for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as more unfolds of his alleged paid signing and college football autograph brokers.
According to ESPN.com, they have spoken to an “East Coast Broker” who said that he had paid Manziel $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini and full sized helmets in January at an autograph session. The broker continues, saying he met Manziel during his visit to the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
This is where the most damaging evidence might have taken place.
ESPN is reporting that the “East Coast Broker” showed them two cell phone videos of Manziel signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a bed in a hotel room. According to the story, the video does not show Manziel accepting any money.
On the videos, which the broker admits were recorded without Manziel’s knowledge, you can hear Manziel reportedly saying “you never did a signing with me” and that if the broker were to tell anyone, he would refuse to deal with him again in the future. Reportedly, Manziel appeared comfortable throughout the video recordings, and said if asked, he would say he had simply been approached by various autograph seekers.
The videos do not show Manziel accepting cash as his payment for the session, which the broker claims he did three times. The broker told ESPN that Manziel said he wanted money for new rims for his vehicle.
The broker also requested that ESPN to pay them money, which ESPN declined.
If the NCAA finds that Manziel accepted money for signing autographs, it could lead to a violation, and Johnny Football could be ruled ineligible.
The broker did say that the videos were initially shot only to be used as proof with authenticating company PSA/DNA.
Ironically, Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton says he has spoken to Johnny Manziel about the pressures of being a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback. Newton was under the microscope for his own NCAA investigation involving pay-for-play allegations while at Auburn. Newton says Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future. When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad.”
Cam Newton’s advice might have come a little too late.
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