Johnny Manziel, who foolishly imperiled his college athletic career by spending lots of time in private hotel rooms with professional autograph and memorabilia dealers on multiple occasions, spent a reported 6 hours being questioned by NCAA officials on Sunday.
If it were proved that the Heisman trophy winner took cash in exchange for signing autographs, as one dealer alleges, Manziel could lose his amateur status.
NCAA investigators spent a large chunk of Sunday with Johnny Manziel, questioning the Texas A&M quarterback about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs, a source familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com on Monday night.
The governing body’s officials met with Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, for nearly six hours on the College Station, Texas, campus, the source said.
Manziel denied in the meetings that he ever took money for signing autographs, CBSSports.com reported, citing sources close to the player.
It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore. Texas A&M’s season begins Saturday, at home against Rice.
Attorney Jim Darnell, hired by Manziel’s family, did not return calls to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy on Monday night seeking comment…
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