2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is under scrutiny by the NCAA for allegedly signing hundreds of autographs on photos and other memorabilia, reports Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar of ESPN.com.
According to the report, while in Miami for the BCS National Championship, Manziel wasn’t too discrete in signing many items at the home of autograph broker Drew Tieman in front of quite a few people. Two sources in attendance let the cat out of the bag to “Outside the Lines”, and now Johnny Football’s 2013 college season may be in jeopardy.
At the home, Manziel agreed to sign the items for a “five-figure flat fee”, and as we know, as unfair as it is, players just can’t do that in college.
Per ESPN: ‘ Three sources said Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman. Two sources, who are aware of the signing arrangement, told “Outside the Lines” that Tieman approached Manziel on Jan. 6, when he landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to attend the game between Alabama and Notre Dame the next day.
After that meeting, three sources said, Manziel, accompanied by his friend and personal assistant Nathan Fitch, visited Tieman’s residence and signed hundreds of items in the main room of the apartment despite the fact that there were many people in the room. Before Manziel left South Florida, after taking in the title game, he signed hundreds of autographs more, one source said. ‘