Reports: Manziel questioned by NCAAPosted: Updated:
ESPN.com is reporting that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel spent almost six hours on Sunday talking to NCAA investigators about allegations that he accepted payments for autographs.
According to a source familiar with the investigation, Manziel denied that he ever took money for signing autographs.
It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting or if it would spend more time with the redshirt sophomore.
The meetings all stem from reports that the NCAA was investigating Manziel for taking money to sign autographs during the time of the BCS National Championship game in South Florida. ESPN also reported that a set of autograph dealers said the quarterback accepted payment to sign more than 4,000 items, including footballs and photographs, in late January.
Manziel has been listed as the started for Texas A&M's season opener against Rice in College Station on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN at noon.
"The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday," athletic director Eric Hyman said in a statement, "and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel."
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