Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Manziel gets paid and we’re supposed to say that’s wrong
by Mark Edwards
Aug 06, 2013 | 2862 views |  0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to ESPN, Johnny Manziel allegedly took money for signing autographs. (AP photo)
According to ESPN, Johnny Manziel allegedly took money for signing autographs. (AP photo)
ESPN is reporting Johnny Manziel received $7,500 for autographing about 300 helmets, and if the NCAA enforcement staff can prove this is true, the Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback will suffer some kind of penalty. It won’t matter if he gives back the money and offers to run stadium steps from now until Christmas.

This is one of the quirky things about the NCAA.

The broker can make money. So can the seller. Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference can make money from Manziel’s signature, jersey number and likeness. But Manziel can’t, until he completes his collegiate eligibility.

We understand there’s a reason for this – the NCAA wants to eliminate the old $100 handshake. Schools don’t want boosters engaging in an arms race to secure bigger, better and faster players for their favorite football programs. Instead of boosters funneling millions to athletes, schools want that money for themselves to pay off new facilities and old coaches who’ve been told to get lost.

Shouldn’t athletes get something more than a pat on the back? Plenty of people made money off Mark Ingram No. 22 Alabama jerseys and Cam Newton No. 2 Auburn jerseys. Didn’t Ingram and Newton deserve a piece of the pie?

Everybody in the world is allowed to make money off an athlete’s back, except the athlete himself. No wonder rap artist/philosopher Luther Campbell once said, “NCAA football is modern-day slavery.”

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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