Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t have to worry about any new allegations of wrongdoing coming out over the weekend. But a fellow Heisman Trophy winner had some harsh words for the Aggies star.
Former University of Texas running back Ricky Williams, who won the Heisman in 1998, came out swinging. Williams is now an assistant coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and had some choice words about Johnny Football.
“If the media did the research on who this kid was they would not be surprised,” Williams told KEYE television about the accusations that Manziel accepted money for autograph sessions in January.
Williams offered some advice to Manziel as well.
“The one thing I would tell Johnny is that once you win the Heisman Trophy there is going to be more attention on you. You probably aren’t going to be able to get away with the stuff you got away with before,” Williams said.
As of now, the NCAA hasn’t taken any action against the Aggies or Manziel. But according to reports they are looking into the allegations.
If Manziel winds up being suspended, Fort Worth attorney Christian Dennie told KTRH that under a 1987 Texas law, A&M could sue any of the autograph dealers that got Manziel into trouble.
“If a person causes the athlete’s eligibility to be compromised the institution would have a cause of action against that person,” Dennie said.
So what kind of damages could the Aggies potentially go after?
“Reputational damages, loss of media time. If you look at what his media value is, it’s been reported to be 37 million dollars. Those could be elements of damage,” Dennie explained.
The Aggies don't seem to be too concerned by the controversy. At their open scrimmage this weekend, Manziel took the majority of the snaps at quarterback.