Been reading comments on JFF and Manziel Mania on many sites and blogs and I sense a theme. Unlike most comments on MrSEC, the majority of the comments posted are childish and petty. Not well thought out arguements that reek of jealousy. It's a sad commentary on the class envy culture we live in that makes targets out of the successful, ie. the SEC, Coach Saban and the Bama machine, star quarterbacks with models for girlfriends and a "jet-set" lifestyle. Bottom line is until it can be proven that Manziel was compensated for HIS name the small minded haters and the TMZ sports media should be ignored. Let's play some football.
Pulled into Johnny Manziel/autograph story by Texas A&M supporters attempting to shift the focus from their own quarterback, University of South Carolina officials have said this afternoon that Jadeveon Clowney is guilty of no wrongdoing. Associate athletic director Chris Rogers said today:
“We have investigated things that have been on eBay with him and student-athletes before. In the situations I can say we looked into, there was no further for us to go, and we determined there was no violation.”
The website GoodBullHunting.com — a Texas A&M-centric site — claimed today that 258 sequentially-numbered items signed by Carolina’s star defensive end can be found for sale on websites like eBay.
Clowney’s coach, Steve Spurrier, told ESPN today: “There is a lot of stuff out there with Marcus (Lattimore) and Jadeveon, but as far as I know and I really believe Jadeveon has never accepted anything for signing anything.”
Whether he has or he hasn’t, Clowney is now a part of Autograph-gate. What? You thought we’d all be able to focus on football now that the season is less than a month away? Please. As soon as it was learned that the NCAA is digging into rumors that Manziel’s had received cash in exchange for his signature, it was only a matter of time before every item on the internet autographed by a current college athlete would be scrutinized.