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Report: Broker says he paid Johnny Manziel $7,500 for autographs

August 06, 2013|By Chris Dufresne
  • Johnny Manziel could face stiff penalties if allegations against him prove to be true.
Johnny Manziel could face stiff penalties if allegations against him prove… (Patric Schneider / Associated…)

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

The broker also provided cellphone videos that showed Manziel signing autographs but not accepting any money. He said the signings took place last January in New Haven, Conn.

The NCAA is investigating whether Manziel accepted money for signing autographs, which would be a violation that could lead to the quarterback being ruled ineligible.

Manziel is practicing with the team pending the outcome of the investigation. Texas A&M has hired a law firm to handle the case.

ESPN said the videos of Manziel were recorded without his knowledge. Manziel reportedly is heard on the tape saying, "You never did a signing with me."

The broker, according to ESPN, originally asked for payment to release the videos. He also said he would not cooperate with the NCAA investigation. The broker also told ESPN that Manziel said he was going to use the money for new rims on his vehicle.

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