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Looks like TAMU is attacking ESPNs reporting about the JFF saga.
Texas AM chancellor John Sharp called into question ESPN's reporting of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel being paid for autographs in an email t
Very Gordon gee of him.
I fully expect "Johnny didn't know" to become the headline soon.
Yep didn't know in the next 2 weeks sounds about right... Don't think that defense works this time...
You know, if ESPN's source really has proof, then TAMU would do well not to anger him. He may not be talking to the NCAA now, but after a stunt like that, I would be spilling the beans.
Spilling the beans is bad for business. If he talks he wont get any more autograph sessions with another player thus shutting down his business. He will have to be bought out to talk. Looks like Johnny gets off in this one fellas.
Especially saying this:
In fact, his 'named source,' Drew Tieman (initially referred to as the broker), was reportedly booked twice for possession of marijuana and placed on four years probation.
No way he gets off - it's an NCAA violation to help others profit from your name or likeness. It's to prevent from your friends and family from doing it. Thus, you can't sign autographs for people who you think might sell them. That one is a slam dunk. They have 4400 signed items on ebay that are verified his, distributed amongst 4 sellers.
They don't have to prove that he got paid (even though there is no alternate theory of which I'm aware, which would fit their standard of evidence). They don't need testimony from the dealers. Frankly, they don't need anything that's not publicly available - an ebay search from 90 days ago would suffice.
I could be wrong - the NCAA continually surprises me. But if he's not punished, they will be done as a governance institution and the floodgates of paying players will be wide open.
I am thinking the brokers are pissed that they weren't exclusive. He went to several brokers and flooded the market with JFF memorabilia. By spilling the beans, it effectively shuts JFF down from signing anything until his college career is done, thus driving prices back where they are supposed to be.
Just a thought....
You're right that it's an NCAA violation to help others profit from name or likeness.
You're right that the mere fact that he signed so many autographs he was aware that they would be sold.
You're right that there could be no credible alternate theory of what happened.
But in order for anything to come from this is that the NCAA must assert itself. And that's why you're wrong in saying it's a slam dunk.
This post was edited by frankjmusso 11 months ago
Straight from the directives of Lightfoot, Franklin and White
Anyone think the A&M legal team instructs this release, thinking the negative comments on the dealer may bring him to the table to eventually turn? Just a thought.
I don't disagree with you. I'm thinking that there has to be someone at the NCAA that realizes that they are losing their legitimacy. If they don't suspend JFF, no one will respect them and the floodgates will be opened to paying players. Not to mention the inevitable lawsuits from all the minority players that got suspended in the past for the same thing.
But in spite of the logic of the situation, I too have my doubts until I see it.
That would be E. Gordon Gee.
We have said this numerous times about AU, Miami, Oregon ect ect yet they lay there unconscious, sorry I dont have the confidence in the NCAA. Ive delt with them back in college and its just sad how they can run the system.
What business? College athletes by in large is a minuscule portion of the autograph business. Most collegiate athletes don't do what Johnny did.
What's funny to me is that doesn't Johnny himself have just as bad a rap sheet as this broker?
So you disagree that calling out a potential client in front of the world and whistleblowing to get even would be good for business? IMO if I were a player pro or not I would sign with anyone other than him.
Poke the bear A&M poke it.
He didn't know. Only dad knew. Therefore he can play.
It doesn't work that way anymore.
Why would a nfl player care anything about this? They care about getting paid.
No professional athlete is going to not do business with an autograph broker due to a NCAA issue. Completely irrelevant.
Also, all autograph brokers are shady. No good ones to choose over the shady ones. Just a shady business full of guys who failed their way in to that career.
I doubt the guy speaks because he doesn't care about the NCAA. What he cares about it the authenticity and value of his autographs.
I understand your position but he will lose the college clients(shady or not) which may not be a lot but is still bad for his business. Not like he will just be able to pick up more NFL guys to sign. Theres only so many stars people want to pay for an autograph from.
I agree this will hurt his collegiate signings but why would a pro care? Sign the stuff, get the money, thank you very much. They don't have to like the guy to take his money.
Very Auburn like, IMO.
Well, to be fair, it worked for them. Not surprising to see A&M do the same.
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