Originally written August 28, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN,  the NCAA has suspended Texas A&M for  the first half of their game against Rice this weekend. Johnny Manziel has been suspended 1st half vs. Rice, source told @ESPN. 1st reported by @billyliucci — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 Manziel 1st half suspension "closes the book" on Manziel/autograph saga. NCAA acknowledges Manziel did not accept money, source said — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 To clarify: Manziel suspension for violating "spirit" of NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1 & 12.5.2.2. NCAA couldn't prove he broke any rules source said — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 Manziel lawyer Jim Darnell told @ESPN Manziel didn't violate any rules but agreed to suspension "to get Johnny back on the field" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 Manziel lawyer Jim Darnell to @ESPN. "This is a win-win for everybody" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 Manziel lawyer told @ESPN although they believe he didn't commit violation they accepted suspension so NCAA wouldn't drag out investigation — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 28, 2013 The NCAA and Johnny Manziel released a joint statement. Statement from Texas A&M University System Chancellor, John Sharp: “I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty. We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code.” Statement from Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman: “Texas A&M University would like to thank the NCAA staff, not only for its fairness and professionalism throughout this process, but also for the expediency of its actions.  Texas A&M is a proud member of the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference and, as such, we will continue to abide by the rules governing the association and the conference.  Texas A&M is committed to competing with integrity and sportsmanship, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance guidelines for our student-athletes, coaches and supporters.” Statement from NCAA Vice President of Academic and Membership Affairs Kevin Lennon: “Student-athletes are often asked for autographs from fans, but unfortunately, some individuals’ sole motivation in seeking an autograph is for resale. It is important that schools are cognizant and educate student-athletes about situations in which there is a strong likelihood that the autograph seeker plans to resell the items.” Texas A&M and the NCAA will have no further comment on this matter. I have nothing to say, this is really a complete joke.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post NCAA hands Johnny Manziel a 30 minute suspension appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
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