The one thing that we know for certain about the NCAA is it uses logic and reason about as well as the characters from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” In case you haven’t seen the show, the main characters have no logic, reason does not prevail, and they simply yell, scream and whine until the loudest person gets their way.
Johnny Manziel has been issued a suspension of one half of one football game stemming from his involvement in a possible payout in exchange for signing football memorabilia. While the NCAA’s statement on the matter said there was no evidence of Manziel receiving payments, the suspension was a result of violating NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168, which prohibits student-athletes from using their name or likeness for commercial purposes, among other details.
For comparison sake, then Oklahoma State University wide receiver Dez Bryant (now with the Dallas Cowboys) received a season long suspension for lying about a dinner with Deion Sanders. At that time the NCAA deemed that Bryant had violated the “unethical conduct” bylaw 10.1 which states: “Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning the individual’s involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation.”
To be clear, Bryant was ruled ineligible for the entire season for lying about his relationship with Sanders. Manziel was suspended for allowing someone to profit off his name or image, something which the NCAA has done with him and countless other athletes numerous times.
In 2010, A.J. Green was suspended four games for for selling one of his game used Independence Bowl jerseys. Terrelle Pryor and a slew of teammates also received five game suspensions in 2010 for selling awards and accepting improper benefits.
Manziel had better hope that the NCAA does not uncover any additional information or that he had lied about any details, because the precedent would be to rule him ineligible for four to five games for the offense, then the remainder of the season for lying about it.
Of course if the NCAA did find that Manziel lied about anything, we would have to assume that they would be consistent with their punishments, which isn’t something the NCAA is known for.
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