Ricky Williams says Manziel should have known he’d be scrutinized


The controversy surrounding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who reportedly signed more than 4,000 autographs for money in violation of NCAA rules, has prompted plenty of scrutiny regarding an unfair system that allows everyone connected to college football to get paid — except the players.

But 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams views the situation a bit more pragmatically.  Manziel, in Williams’ assessment, knew or should have known that he’d become a target after winning the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman.

 “You know that once you win the Heisman Trophy, there’s going to be more attention on you,”  Williams told KEYE-TV earlier this week.  “And so you’re probably not going to be able to get away with all the stuff you got away with before.”
That didn’t stop Manziel from reportedly participating in at least six autograph sessions for memorabilia brokers.
Williams, who played college football at the University of Texas and voted for Manti Te’o not Manziel in 2012 balloting, also suggested that further digging regarding Manziel would result in more negative information about him.
“And to the media I would say, if the media did their research on who this kid was, no one would be surprised,” Williams said.
Depending on the zeal with which the NCAA investigates the situation and/or the amount of common sense college football’s governing body applies, no one will be surprised if Manziel never plays college football again.
Then again, no one will be surprised if Manziel ultimately resolves the situation with a two-game suspension that allows him to return in time for this year’s Game of the Century, between Alabama and Texas A&M.

12 responses to “Ricky Williams says Manziel should have known he’d be scrutinized

  1. Manziel should just not play and save his health for the real game. These rules are bogus and he has not enough to gain from playing football for Texas A&M as he does to abstain and wait for the NFL. Sure his position is compromised from what it used to be, but from this spot it’s time to hang it up from college football unless he wants to risk absolutely everything for not a big enough payoff. Unless he has an overwhelming urge to play and his school supports him 100%, then he has no business fooling around after all of the mistakes he has made to led to this position. Sit out unless you have a really, really good reason.

  2. He doesnt deserve a punishment so harsh, as to never play again. In fact, he dont deserve to be punished at all. The school is making a fortune off of these kids! Let them make money off of their name, they work hard to make it!

  3. Manziel has show an immediate flaw in decision making, looks like a great Q.B. prospect for the Jets.

  4. Yea it’s so unfair that they get a free education and books, and don’t have to worry about debt from student loans. How could the NCAA and the universities be so cruel?

  5. Free education and books are piddly compared to the billions the universities make off the players. If people want to pay a player for an autograph, what does that have to do with the university and being able to play football? He’s making money off of the university? Hardly; it’s the other way around.

  6. The hesimen selection last year was a joke, you let this 18 year old kid (or however old) think he’s the greatest since sliced brad … It was bad for college football but what do I know, I’m more of an Nfl fan anyway

  7. @robotrav University athletic programs do not make billions, few make millions and the majority lose money.

    And Yes in addition to the $100K+ he gets from scholarship, he gets to travel, access to medical programs you and I could never get, insurance that’s about the best around, national exposure, counseling, guidance, and a lot of other perks. And yes, leaving school with no debt, plus if he stays out of trouble, he will get millions and millions from the NFL and even more from endorsements.

    No one forced him to go to school, and no one forced him to play football. His choice but he has to follow the rules no matter how good or bad they may seem.

    Please show me a university that makes billions from athletics. A URL to documents will suffice.

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