Johnny Manziel Questioned By NCAA Investigators For Six Hours

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Johnny Manziel met with NCAA investigators for six hours Sunday about his alleged involvement in paid autograph deals, which is an NCAA violation.

According to ESPN:


Manziel denied in the meetings that he ever took money for signing autographs, reported, citing sources close to the player.

It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore. Texas A&M's season begins Saturday, at home against Rice. Manziel has taken all of his practice reps with the first team, and barring a decision by the NCAA, the school has until kickoff to make any decision on whether he starts.

Attorney Jim Darnell, hired by Manziel's family, did not return calls to ESPN on Monday night seeking comment.

Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said Monday night that he'd instructed everyone in the program not to talk about Manziel. Reporters asked anyway on Tuesday, and coach Kevin Sumlin responded by saying: "We're not discussing that."

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that Manziel was allegedly paid to sign autographs for several dealers multiple times, including one session in Miami during the 2013 BCS National Championship, and another in Connecticut, where Manziel was attending an event hosted by Walter Camp Football foundation.

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman confirmed, “NCAA investigators met with Manziel on Sunday for about 5 1/2 hours, first reported by ESPN. According to [his] source, much of the NCAA's inquiry with Manziel on Sunday was focused on the quarterback's financial records and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback told the NCAA that he did not accept money from memorabilia brokers for autographs.”

Texas A&M will open its season against Rice, and Manziel has been listed as the starting quarterback. The school’s athletic director, Eric Hyman, has since instructed everyone in the program not to talk about the Manziel investigation, saying in a statement:

"The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel."

Sources: ESPN, CBS Sports