Heisman winner Manziel accepted $7,500 for autographs: Broker

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel holds the Heisman Trophy during a news conference after...

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel holds the Heisman Trophy during a news conference after winning the award in New York December 8, 2012. (REUTERS)

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An East Coast autograph broker told ESPN on Tuesday that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing autographs in January.

The broker claimed that Manziel signed about 300 mini- and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 at the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.

The broker played two cell phone videos for ESPN showing the quarterback signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a hotel room bed, but does not show him accepting any money.

The broker said the room was at The Omni hotel in New Haven, Conn.

ESPN claimed that the broker and his partner wanted money to release the videos for ESPN to use, but ESPN declined to pay. The broker eventually allow ESPN's Joe Schad to view the videos and decided not to sell them.

The 9-minute-long videos were initially shot as proof to authenticate the company PSA/DNA, according to the broker.

ESPN reported that Manziel, who was not told he was being recorded on the videos, was heard saying that if the broker told anyone about the signing, he would not work with him again. Manziel also reportedly said that if asked, he would say that he was approached by various autograph seekers.

ESPN also heard Manziel on the videos decline accepting money when asked by another broker to sign with special inscriptions because he had done that before and it led to questions.

Even though the broker claimed that Manziel accepted money three times in the videos, ESPN reported that he did not. He said that Manziel wanted money to buy new rims for a vehicle.

The broker said that some of the autographs were sold on eBay and others to dealers, and that Nate Fitch -- Manziel's personal assistant -- was not involved or present in the alleged dealings.

He also said he would not cooperate with the NCAA's investigation into Manziel's autograph signings.

Manziel would be ruled ineligible if the NCAA finds that he violated NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1, which is for accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service.

 


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