Johnny Manziel and family hire attorney in NCAA investigation

August 8, 2013 – 7:37 pm by Ryan Phillips

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel’s family has reportedly hired El Paso, Texas attorney Jim Darnell as the Heisman Trophy winner is facing an investigation into whether or not he was paid to sign autographs. Darnell has previous experience in NCAA matters.

ESPN was first to report that Manziel is being examined for allegedly being paid to sign autographs before the BCS title game in January. Such a deal would have compromised Manziel’s status as an amateur athletes.

The Manziels also have said that in order to comply with NCAA regulations, no member of the family will comment publicly about the investigation.

Though Darnell has no previous connection to the Manziels, he has worked on several high-profile NCAA cases. He represented Baylor when its basketball program was sanctioned in the early 2000s and also represented former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd when he was accused of improprieties during his time there.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported on Sunday that Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA after a broker allegedly paid him a five-figure fee to sign autographs on photos and assorted memorabilia. If that story proves to be true, Manziel would be in violation of NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 which prohibits athletes from accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service.

Manziel would almost surely be ruled ineligible if that is true. It will be Darnell’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Texas A&M’s football team opened fall camp this week and the squad is surely hoping its quarterback will be on the field when the Aggies open the season in a few weeks.

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  1. 9 Responses to “Johnny Manziel and family hire attorney in NCAA investigation”

  2. why don’t you leave the guy alone. Big deal…….don’t we all have enough to worry about, is it really that important. One way or another it’s no skin off mine or your nose. Grow up and get a life…..just my opinion.

    By randall deckelman on Aug 8, 2013

  3. What would you expect them to do,Hire an attorney who absolutely sucks,I mean how ignorant!

    By Tumblindice on Aug 9, 2013

  4. Hey Randall. It matters because it is he rule. It doesn’t matter what we may think about the rule because it is the rule. Frankly, your attitude is one of the problems that permeate this country and I am not talking about sports. Disregard what you don’t agree with whether it is a law or rule or contract. If he wants to la college football he must obey the rules!

    By fan2 on Aug 9, 2013

  5. NOW, the rest of the country will see the power and the might of the AGGIES. You are all in for a suprise.

    By unkyjack on Aug 9, 2013

  6. Aggie who?

    By mary on Aug 9, 2013

  7. There’s only ONE reason Johnny Football’s parents hired an attorney: the dude is G-U-I-L-Y-Y.

    By Jimm Jamm on Aug 9, 2013

  8. Amen Jimm Jamm, I concure with you

    By darrel on Aug 9, 2013

  9. A gentleman above was correct: the Manziels (who probably let Johnny sleep with them when he’s home on break)hired an attorney because little Johnny is guilty. If he was innocent there would be absolutely no evidence and nothing for them to worry about and they wouldn’t need an attorney.

    What a terrible excuse for a representative of college football.

    By Dr Doug on Aug 10, 2013

  10. PS: Maybe Johnny will tear up a knee in camp and miss the year. We should be so lucky.

    By Dr Doug on Aug 10, 2013

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