Just when you thought Johnny Manziel couldn’t possibly get into any more trouble, Texas A&M‘s water-bug quarterback has stumbled into an even deeper hole. Two more illegal autograph signing accusations have been reported, totaling six against the Heisman Trophy winner. The latest two are linked to Kevin Freistat, who allegedly organized paid signings by Manziel in Miami and Houston back in January.
Now to be perfectly clear, Manziel can sign his name anywhere and everywhere he wants while playing for the Aggies — he just can’t accept any money for doing so until he turns pro. The problem here is that he’s being accused of accepting thousands of dollars at these multiple autograph signings from dealers like Freistat.
If found guilty of violating NCAA rules, Manziel might miss his sophomore season, which is arguably the most hyped of any player in college football history. A former NCAA official has already advised Texas A&M not to play Manziel until his name is cleared, but you can bet he’ll be on the field by the time the Aggies host the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 14, if not before then in Texas A&M’s two tuneup games. Consider this the calm before the storm.