Houston (CBS Houston) – According to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will be suspended for the first half of season-opener versus Rice on Saturday.
Manziel spent over five hours meeting with NCAA investigators on Sunday and denied the allegations that he ever took money for signing autographs.
Wednesday afternoon the NCAA and Texas A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199, an NCAA spokesperson confirmed.
The rule states student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.
“If additional information comes to light, the NCAA will review and consider if further action is appropriate. NCAA rules are clear that student-athletes may not accept money for items they sign and based on information provided by Manziel, that did not happen in this case,” the NCAA said in the joint statement.
In addition to the suspension, Manziel will speak to his teammates about lessons learned from this situation, and A&M will educate its athletes about signing multiple items for individuals.
Texas A&M staff, players and Manziel haven’t been available for comment since reports of the accusations broke on August 4.
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