Broker tells ESPN Johnny Manziel got $7,500 for autographs
COLLEGE STATION, TX (KTRK) -- Just days after ESPN broke the story about the NCAA investigating Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, another report has surfaced about the Heisman Trophy winner allegedly collecting money for his autograph.
ESPN says an East Coast autograph broker told them Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing around 300 mini- and full-sized helmets in January while he was attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.
According to the report, the broker played two cell phone videos of Manziel signing autographs, but it didn't show him collecting money.
Meanwhile, at the Texas A&M campus, concerns about the allegations Manziel is facing have filled the air.
"Everything is going to be cleared up, Johnny will be fine. We'll be able to play with or without him, but hopefully with him," Aggie Season Ticket Holder Kay Biskup said.
At a store called Aggieland Outfitters, the Heisman Trophy winner's No. 2 jersey is a big seller, and the ESPN report is the big story.
"The debate is should college athletes be able to sell their autograph in the first place. I think that is one of the public opinions starting to turn against the NCAA in that, why can't Johnny Manziel sell his autograph?" said Dallas Shipp with Aggieland Outfitters.
"If he can't play, I'm pretty sure it will never be forgotten at A&M, first of all; also, it will embarrass all of us, not just him," A&Amp;M sophomore Ahmet Kalkan said.
But surrounded by a family of Aggies, Joann Zaeske, a mother, grandmother and class of '78 graduate, has some advice for all.
"I don't think anyone should rush to judgment until all of the facts are known, and we don't know all the facts," she said.
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