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WDKX.com » Blog » Johnny Manziel Suspended For 1st Half Of Season Opener
Aug 29th 2013 7:11 am
Johnny Manziel Suspended For 1st Half Of Season Opener

Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of Texas A&M's season opener against Rice for his involvement in an autograph scandal.

Manziel's suspension comes on the heels of a reported six-hour interview with the NCAA on Sunday.

According to Liucci, Manziel violated secondary violation bylaw which is called "Use of a Student-Athlete's Name or Picture Without Knowledge or Permission".

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" first discovered that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner had reportedly agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for payment during a trip to Miami in January to view the BCS National Championship Game.

As per ESPN, Manziel allegedly inked his signature on various items�ranging from photographs to football helmets�after meeting with autograph broker Drew Tieman and was given a flat-rate payment said to be worth somewhere around five figures in exchange for the autographs.

Johnny Football directly helped score a ridiculous 47 touchdowns in 2012, and none of the backups on the roster project to have anywhere near the same impact as the sophomore signal-caller.

The Aggies will start either junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill in the first half vs. Rice. Neither player will be asked to do much, but it will be noticeable that Manziel isn't under center.

With Manziel out for just one half of football, the university should be fine as it seeks wins against some of the powerhouse programs in the SEC. A suspension of this length shouldn't damage the Aggies' national title hopes.

This suspension caps off a tough offseason for Manziel, who has struggled to deal with his newfound celebrity. After winning the Heisman Trophy last season, he was vaulted into the spotlight and has stayed there.

Hopefully the young man is able to use this suspension to clean up his act and return with a focus on football by doing whatever it takes to stay on the field. If he can, there isn't much that can hold him back from earning more accolades than he already has.