BRISTOL, Conn. – The NCAA is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January, ESPN reports.
Citing unidentified sources, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” said last season’s Heisman Trophy winner signed items in exchange for a five-figure fee during a trip to Florida for the BCS National Championship Game, a 42-14 victory for Alabama over Notre Dame.
Sources told ESPN that Manziel signed photographs, footballs and other items at the request of autograph broker Drew Tieman.
ESPN reported a source said James Garland, the NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, in June contacted Tieman and at least one person associated with the signings.
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NCAA and school officials declined to comment.