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Manziel family thanks A&M ‘for its significant efforts on behalf of their son’

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Regardless of what you think of how it ended — or whether it was really an elaborate Onion ruse — the Johnny Manziel case was officially closed yesterday afternoon.

In a joint press release, Texas A&M and the NCAA announced that, while the quarterback has been declared ineligible, he will be reinstated provided he meets three conditions, one of which involves sitting out the first half of the season opener against Rice.  A&M athletic director Eric Hyman’s statement expressed thanks to the NCAA for “not only for its fairness and professionalism throughout this process, but also for the expediency of its actions.”

Not so surprisingly, Manziel’s family’s statement doesn’t include the letters “N” “C” “A” “A” grouped together to form The Association’s acronym.  Instead, in a statement released exclusively to, the family of the reigning Heisman winner expressed their thanks to the university and the powerful legal team both sides had assembled.

“The Manziel family thanks Texas A&M University for its significant efforts on behalf of their son, and stands united with Texas A&M.  The Manziel family sends a special thank you to their attorneys, Jim Darnell, Brad Beckworth and Jeff Angelovich, for their tireless determination on behalf of Johnny. We are looking forward to seeing Johnny back on the field against Rice.”

In the release, which followed an investigation that lasted less than a month, it was “confirmed… that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs, based on currently available information and statements by Manziel.”  There was, however, found to be an inadvertent violation of an NCAA bylaw that puts the onus on a player to prevent his likeness/image/autograph from being used for commercial purposes, a notion that’s ripped to shreds by the great Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.

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18 Responses to “Manziel family thanks A&M ‘for its significant efforts on behalf of their son’”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 29, 2013 12:11 PM

    Every time the Manziel’s open their mouths you can here John’s draft stock drop just a little bit more.

    In the age of character first players, what NFL team is going to want to associate with this mess?

  2. overratedgators says: Aug 29, 2013 12:21 PM

    “The statement was co-signed by Manziel, only to appear on eBay an hour later offered by an unknown seller known as ‘JFtball’.”

  3. barkleyblows says: Aug 29, 2013 12:25 PM

    Why be thankful? They don’t have rules in the SECheat.

  4. southernpatriots says: Aug 29, 2013 12:29 PM

    JT: I do “Regard” what you write, “regardless.”

    This does seem like an elaborate Onion scheme/skit. A big joke. Drama. To be real, it makes it much worse. The Manziel family should thank TAMU, the NCAA, both their NCAA savvy attorneys, and the memorabilia brokers who became very mute to protect their own hides from Texas prosecution.

    Good thing football is starting within days. We have a good game at Cowboy Stadium and some great tailgating of which I am looking to be a small part.

    Ready for some football?!

  5. imaduffer says: Aug 29, 2013 12:30 PM

    And the winner is? CBS

  6. pricecube says: Aug 29, 2013 12:39 PM

    A slap on the wrist for the “money badger” Manziel…

  7. clonefan says: Aug 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    There is another angle to this. I assume Johnny Football signed a ton of legal documents when he signed with TAMU. I further assume that in signing those documents he signed away his rights to his likeness, autographs and tons of other things as long as he is at TAMU. I assume he agreed to play be their rules.

    With all of that said…. He was free to ply his skills elsewhere. He didn’t have to sign anything. No one held a gun to his head. Now he broke a rule and I am supposed to feel bad for him? I’ll take his place on the bench and a free ride in exchange for student loans any day. Of course, I’ll use what TAMU is giving me and I will leave with a degree.

    Oh, by the way, as an Engineer. I signed papers that give my employer the right to my ideas. Doesn’t sound any better than Johnny’s deal. That is life. Deal with it.

  8. John Taylor says: Aug 29, 2013 12:54 PM

    @southpats: I honestly have no clue what goes through my head sometimes. Thanks for the stylish heads up. :-)

  9. jimbo75025 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:56 PM

    The amount of $ he supposedly received is not chicken feed, wonder if the IRS will start sniffing around? The NCAA may not have the power to do much, the federalis on the other hand may want their cut……..

  10. bucrightoff says: Aug 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    Johnny Football is gonna be one hell of a CFL player.

  11. cometkazie says: Aug 29, 2013 1:25 PM

    “Money Badger”

    I love it.

    Let the games begin!

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    JT: I hope to always have your back…my only question is me since sometimes I seem unable to dot an i or cross a t…ha.

    Ben has already posted on a BR blog about the upcoming Cowboy Classic game between our Tigers and the Horned Frogs. I welcomed him.

    I am glad we can be a small part of helping to kick off college football this season.

  13. bamafan36 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    “NCAA bylaw (Use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture Without Knowledge or Permission) states that if a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.”

    So, if he signed autograph’s while KNOWING it was for a sports broker??????

    This move is a slap in the face for OSU, USC (the 2nd one, out west), The U, Oregon, and Boise State!

    With that said….I am glad he will be eligible to play against Bama….so there will be no excuses for them getting GIGGED at home! RTR

  14. kingboomer says: Aug 29, 2013 2:00 PM

    I heard he was going to be banned from playing all year until he signed a bunch of memorabilia for everyone on the NCAA Executive Committee. (LOL)

  15. mogogo1 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:11 PM

    The entire family has the same problem: They just don’t know when to shut up. Why thank A&M? Like they didn’t want to keep their best player eligible? And if Johnny Autograph doesn’t sign all that stuff, there’d have been nothing to defend against. Just shut up and be thankful he didn’t really get nailed. This time.

  16. earnlikeapro says: Aug 29, 2013 3:13 PM

    ….begrudgingly. Hopefully all this crap won’t cause a Sophomore Slump for Manziel.

    The Sports Stock Market — paying dividends when athletes get paid

  17. ferro214 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    By that they meant the A&M boosters for paying off the NCAA.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 5:47 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 29, 2013 12:11 PM

    Every time the Manziel’s open their mouths you can here John’s draft stock drop just a little bit more.

    In the age of character first players, what NFL team is going to want to associate with this mess?


    After LMAO, does the name Aaron Hernandez and the New England Patriots come to mind of a character first player?

    Talent is talent is talent. Rae Carruth come to mind? Ray Lewis come to mind? OJ Simpson come to mind? The NFL cares about their product on the field only. Who cares if you murder people? The NFL cares only when their product is being harmed and then they get rid of the offending party as quickly as possible.

    What happens if Manziel has the Aggies undefeated going into January, 2014? You
    don’t think that the sports columnists and talk show hosts won’t have ONE discussion
    about Johnny Manziel being a Russell Wilson type QB?

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