Johnny Manziel says he “made a decent living” selling autographed items during his days at Texas A&M, but that he “never took a dollar” until he won the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
Manziel said he sold his autograph during an interview with Barstool Sports, detailing two different deals in 2013 that he said earned him $ 33,000.
“We are doing everything sneaky, we don’t want to get caught, we are trying to learn from everyone who has been caught,” Manziel said in an interview released Thursday by Barstool Sports. “And I may or may not have gone back to this guy’s apartment and signed probably 10,000 coins. He gave me three thousand dollars.”
Manziel said that another person approached him at this autograph signing session and told him he was being “ripped off” before offering to put him in touch with another man who would pay him $ 30. $ 000.
“So this guy is like, ‘Okay, go to that room at the Fontainebleau. All that stuff will be in there, and when you’re done just send me a picture of it all, I’ll give you the code. safe, the money will be in there, ”Manziel said.
The NCAA investigated Manziel ahead of the start of his second season at Texas A&M, but said there was no evidence the former star quarterback received payment for signing autographs.
“I was kind of making a decent living in college,” said Manziel, who then dared the NCAA “to take my fucking 9-4 season and my Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke.”
When asked during the interview what he would say if the NCAA tried to take away his Heisman Trophy, Manziel replied, “I never took a dollar until I won the Heisman.”
ESPN reported in August 2013 that the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel was being paid for signing autographs at multiple locations, including in South Florida around the BCS title game earlier that year. ESPN reported that a set of autograph dealers claimed Manziel accepted payments to sign more than 4,000 items, including soccer balls and photographs, at an event in Connecticut in late January 2013.
Manziel was suspended for the first half of the 2013 Texas A&M season opener after the NCAA and the school announced he violated a rule prohibiting student-athletes from allowing the use of their names or their similarities for commercial purposes.
But that was the only punishment handed out in the 2013 season against Manziel, the flashy double-threat quarterback who set many records in college before flaring up in the NFL.
Manziel, 28, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. He appeared briefly this year in the fan-controlled indoor league, but admitted last June that his football career was likely “in the past.”