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Johnny Manziel Suspended for First-Half of Texas A&M’s Opener

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tonight’s game between #6 South Carolina and North Carolina kicks off the 2013 college football season. To say the least, I am excited about another year of SEC domination.

The big news, though, going into college football’s opening weekend is the announcement that Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of #7 Texas A&M has been suspended for the first half of Saturday’s season opener against the Rice Owls. According to a joint statement released by Texas A&M and the NCAA, there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for signing autographs.

Here are some further details about Manziel’s suspension from ESPN:

The NCAA and A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1, an NCAA representative confirmed. The rule says student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.

The half-game suspension for Manziel appears odd for a number of reasons, namely becauseĀ  (1) there is no evidence of payment yet a penalty is still being levied and (2) assuming you believe that Manziel likely received payment for autographs, Dez Bryant and Terrel Pryor received much harsher penalties (10 games for Bryant and 5 games for Pryor) for violations that were worth far less than those alleged against Manziel.

While it appears that Johnny Football came out on top so far, he may not be out of the woods just yet. In its joint statement, the NCAA stated that “[i]f additional information comes to light, the NCAA will review and consider if further action is appropriate.

I would be lying, though, if I didn’t admit that I want to see Manziel play. The kid is a stud on the field and I’m ready to see if he can match or exceed his Heisman-caliber play from last year.

See also: Johnny Manziel’s Half-Game Suspension Reflects Half-Witted NCAA Justice (Forbes)

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