Johnny Manziel isn't able to collect money off his famous nickname now due to NCAA rules, but it seems there's a loop hole. Johnny Manziel and his company JMAN2 Enterprises have filed a lawsuit claiming infringement on his trademark and if he wins the lawsuit, he can collect the money. The NCAA recently notified Texas A&M that, "a student-athlete can keep financial earnings as a result of a legal action."
According to ESPN.com, "Manziel's corporation, JMAN2 Enterprises, filed a lawsuit in Texas last week against Eric Vaughan, a man who was selling T-shirts that read, "Keep Calm and Johnny Football." Manziel claims Vaughan infringed on his trademark rights."
Although Manziel didn't file papers to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for "Johnny Football" until Feb. 2, a trademark doesn't have to be federally registered for there to be an ownership claim.
The lawsuit asks the court to award damages for the unlawful sale of the "Johnny Football" T-shirts. Texas A&M's compliance office recently received a ruling from the NCAA that a student-athlete can keep financial earnings as a result of a legal action. College football insiders are already calling the loophole a death blow to the NCAA.
This isn't the only Johnny Manziel news making headlines. Sarah Savage, Johnny's girlfriend recently posted bikini photos on her Instagram proving she's not just "Johnny Football's girlfriend."
Talk about keeping up with Katherine Webb!
Our thoughts on the continued Manziel Mania? You rock, Johnny.