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Johnny Manziel Should Get Paid, Aggie Chancellor Says

August 16, 2013

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, in Fort Worth to discuss the A&M System's acquisition of the Texas Wesleyan Law School, took a brief detour into the Johnny Manziel controversy on Thursday when he defended the A&M quarterback as a "good kid" and suggested last year's Heisman Trophy winner and other student-athletes should be able to profit from selling their autographs.

Manziel, according to EPSN's Outside the Lines, has been accused by sources of signing autographs for pay from memorabilia dealers. The NCAA reportedly is investigating whether Manziel violated any of its rules against athletes profiting from selling their autographs or likenesses.

In an interview with a reporter from KXAS-TV in Fort Worth, Sharp said Manziel should be able to profit off his name if A&M and the NCAA can do so.

"I also think that there's something -- you know this is just me talking not as chancellor of the system -- something is wrong with the system when we can make money off of our football players, the NCAA can make money off of our football players and they can't be treated like Olympic athletes," Sharp said.

Sharp pointed out that Olympic athletes at A&M are allowed to sell their signatures, but other student-athletes can't.

Manziel, Sharp said, is "a good kid. He is an honest kid. He has his heart in the right place and I think a whole bunch of folks are mistreating him and I'm not very happy about that."

"My mother wishes I was as nice a kid as Johnny when I was a sophomore in college," Sharp added.

-- Staff report


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