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Johnny Football banned for half a game, book closed on autograph controversy

Manziel was accused of selling his signature by college officials.

Big guy on campus: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Big guy on campus: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
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JOHNNY MANZIEL WILL be suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s Rice game, according to reports in the US tonight.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the suspension “closes the book” on the Johnny Football autograph scandal, and that the NCAA is acknowledging that he never sold his autograph.

If the NCAA found that he accepted money for autographs, the penalty would have been longer.

According to Liucci, they could be punishing him under a secondary violation for allowing the use of his name for a commercial purpose. It’s also possible that it’s an internal punishment from the school itself. We’ll have to wait for the official release.

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