Johnny Manziel Has Todd Gurley's Back
Johnny Manziel was once embroiled in an autograph scandal, and was ultimately suspended for one half of one game (arguably the stupidest suspension length in sports) after the NCAA decided he didn't receive money for his autograph while at Texas A&M. Because God forbid Johnny Manziel make money off his own name, as so many others did during his time in school.
Manziel's suspension was nearly as harsh as Georgia running back Todd Gurley, who is suspended indefinitely because he reportedly DID accept money. But Manziel has Gurley's back:
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) October 10, 2014
He also spoke to reporters about Gurley following the Browns' practice today. Via ESPN:
"I feel for him," Manziel said...
"He's built an image for himself. He's built somewhat of a brand," Manziel, a first-round pick in May's draft, said after Friday's practice in Cleveland. "I feel he should be able to capitalize off it. I don't think [NCAA rules are] going to change any time soon. ... It's an ongoing -- for student-athletes -- problem in college athletics.
"I think [college football] is at a big crossroads right now with how much money, college football in particular, is bringing in for universities, for networks, for the SEC, for everything," Manziel said. "Then there are [players] walking out with an $800 scholarship check a month."
It's all about the money, as Johnny knows. And maybe that's what it'll take for the NCAA to change this insane, arcane rule system. Perhaps a boycott of the NCAA is in order until the guys who make the money get to share in some of it too, rather than all of it going to make the rich, fat idiots in charge richer and fatter.
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