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College Football: Johnny Manziel’s family hires attorney

August 11, 2013

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel (The Associated press)

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel (The Associated press)

slideshow Johnny Manziel’s family has hired an El Paso, Texas, attorney with experience in NCAA matters as the Heisman Trophy winner faces an investigation into whether he was paid to sign autographs.

ESPN has reported that Manziel is being examined for allegedly signing autographs for money before last January’s BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame. Such a deal would compromise Manziel’s status as an amateur.

Jim Darnell will represent the Texas A&M quarterback, and he predicted that Manziel will not miss any playing time.

“I can’t say much other than we’re working through the process,” Darnell told USA Today. “He’s cooperating with the investigation. We think when all this comes out on the other end, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Aggies against Rice” in the season opener Aug. 31.

The Manziels say that, in compliance with NCAA regulations, Johnny Manziel and no other member of the family will comment publicly about the investigation.

Darnell says he has no prior relationship with the Manziels. He says he has worked on numerous NCAA cases, most notably representing Baylor when its basketball program was sanctioned in the early 2000s and former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd.


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