In a new ESPN report, an autograph broker is claiming Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing helmets and footballs in January.
According to the report, the broker from the east coast says Manziel was at a Walter Camp Football Foundation event in Connecticut on January 11 and 12, and received $7,500 for signing the items, which included 300 full-sized and mini helmets. Manziel allegedly signed the merchandise in three meetings and was paid three separate times.
A pair of cell phone videos shot by the unnamed broker reportedly shows Manziel signing the memorabilia, but does not show a transaction. The Heisman Trophy winner is heard saying "you never did a signing with me," and threatened to never work with the broker again if he told anyone about the signings.
Manziel also reportedly declined to take more money for special autographs, but said he had done so before and questions were asked as a result. He allegedly said he wanted the money for new rims for his vehicle.
ESPN was offered a chance to purchase the two videos, but declined. Reporter Joe Schad viewed the videos and reported on what he saw. The videos were recorded without the redshirt sophomore's knowledge, according to the broker.
The broker also says he will not cooperate with an NCAA investigation ESPN first reported on Sunday, one that threatens Manziel's eligibility if it is proven he took money for autographs, a violation of the association's rules.
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