Over the past couple of weeks more and more news has come out that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been doing autograph signings for brokers.
Manziel hired the same lawyer that Cam Newton had a few years ago at Auburn. That same attorney helped Newton retain his eligibility despite accusations that he took money to play for Auburn.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines has uncovered two more signings that Manziel conducted.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signed autographs and memorabilia for dealers in two additional sessions — one in South Florida after the Discover BCS National Championship Game in early January; the other in late January in Houston, sources have told “Outside the Lines.”
Florida-based autograph dealer Kevin Freistat backed and helped organize the additional two sessions, sources with knowledge of the events said. The sessions add to the other four signings reported last week by “Outside the Lines.”
Freistat runs an autograph company out of Florida called KLF Sports and has exclusive deals with Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones. Sources told “Outside the Lines” the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback signed at least 1,500 items in each of the two sessions.
This means that Manziel was a part of six signings with three separate autograph dealers. He signed a total of 4,400+ autographs for three brokers in three states in less than a month, according to Darren Rovell.
Of course while these accusations exist, someone needs to prove that Manziel actually took money.