Unfortunately for Texas A&M, there’s no telling what to expect from this latest incident surrounding Johnny Manziel as the Heisman Trophy winner is currently under investigation to determine whether or not he accepted money in exchange for autographs–which is a major violation to the NCAA rules. Numerous brokers have already made claims about Manziel accepting money for autographs and now–it appears there may be a chance a few other athletes could be under investigation soon.
Everything is speculation at the moment, but it’s no coincidence that one of the brokers who made the claims against Manziel has other autographed items up for sale on eBay from other big NCAA players such as Louisville‘s Teddy Bridgewater, Ohio State‘s Braxton Miller, and South Carolina‘s Jadeveon Clowney. If these three players happened to take the same path as Manziel when it comes to exchanging autographs for money, it could have a huge impact on the 2013 season if any of these players end up being ruled ineligible.
While Bridgewater and Miller were considered two of the early candidates for the Heisman Trophy along with Manziel, Clowney has already been considered one of the top picks in the 2014 NFL Draft next April. As mentioned before, there hasn’t been any proof regarding any of these players accepting money in exchange for autographs, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
If the broker ended up paying Manziel in exchange for autographs, who’s to say he didn’t do the same for Bridgewater, Miller, and Clowney?