HOUSTON — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season-opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.
The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half.
“I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty,” Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said in the statement. “We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code.”
Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs for memorabilia brokers, which violates NCAA rules and could have led to a much longer suspension. ESPN first reported the allegations against Manziel earlier this month.
Here are some other thoughts on the suspension:
“First half of their game against Rice... there goes any chance they had at a national championship.” – Mike Weaver
“NCAA is corrupt. They make hundreds of millions from these kids. I don’t have a problem with the kids trying to get money from their likenesses, etc.” – DJ Fox
“Why even suspend him then? NCAA is a joke. Even if he wasn't suspended, he probably would have sat out the second half anyway, because A&M would probably be up by 50 at half.” – Matt Rohrbach
Here some of the our favorite Tweets:
“If you think Johnny Manziel pulled off some great escapes vs. Saban's D in Tuscaloosa, this was straight Houdini.” ESPN’s Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless)
“If that's the ‘compromise,’ what was Manziel's lawyer's original proposal? ‘He'll put an 'I'm sorry' post-it on his locker.’” Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandell (@sImandell)
“Johnny Manziel only suspended for 30 minutes. Sends NCAA officials autographed jerseys to say ‘Thank You.’” @_Happy_Gilmore