Posted August 08, 2013

Johnny Manziel’s attorney predicts he won’t miss playing time

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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was sent home from the Manning camp. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel reportedly is under NCAA investigation for receiving cash for signing autographs. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel’s family has hired an attorney experienced in representing individuals under NCAA investigation who predicts the governing body’s current probe won’t cause the Heisman Trophy winner to miss any playing time in 2013.

Jim Darnell, an attorney from El Paso, confirmed to USA Today that he was retained “a couple of weeks ago” by the Manziels to represent their son amidst a reported NCAA investigation into allegations he was paid for signing autographs. The Associated Press first reported that the Manziels had hired Darnell.

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Darnell declined to discuss specifics of the investigation with USA Today:

“I can’t say much,” Darnell told USA TODAY Sports, “other than we’re working through the process. He’s cooperating with the investigation. We think when all this comes out on the other end, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Aggies against Rice.”

The Manziel family announced via a statement released to the AP that neither Johnny Manziel nor other family members would comment in compliance with NCAA rules about commenting on investigations. Manziel has not publicly commented on ESPN’s Outside the Lines report that he was paid to signed autographs for a broker in January, or subsequent allegations from other brokers.

Darnell’s previous clients include Baylor head basketball coach Scott Drew, former Baylor head coach Darrel Johnson and former Baylor assistant coach Rodney Belcher, and former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd, who was a neighbor of Darnell’s when Floyd was an assistant at UTEP.

On Monday, Texas A&M confirmed a USA TODAY report that the school had retained the firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, which previously represented Auburn amidst allegations surrounding quarterback Cam Newton’s eligibility in 2010.


72 comments
DBishop101
DBishop101

$1,000 got A.J. Green 4 games, $7,500 should get JF at least a season.

davidhume
davidhume

The attorney can comment but Johnny and his parents cannot?  Another lie!

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

In other news, earlier today, the sun rose in the East. 

JohnFarren
JohnFarren

If this kid doesn't get the same (or worse) penalty as Terrell Pryor, then the NCAA can drop any pretense of fairness. Pryor should sue both the NCAA and SI for the unfounded hatchet job they did on him. SI's reporting based on "a source that wished to remain anonymous" that he was driving a loaner car from an alumni turned out to be completely false, as three independent investigations (including the Ohio State Patrol, OBI, and Ohio BMV) shows that they are part of the problem as well. If I was Pryor, I would sue SI for libel. Both the NCAA and SI cost this kid millions in signing bonuses.

Markus
Markus

I wish "Johnny" would just go away- I'm bored with his act already,


SECownsCFB
SECownsCFB

If he does play and is later declared ineligible, A&M will have to forfeit all the games he played in.

iseelandahead123
iseelandahead123

without manziel i wont be able to look forward to them playing alabama 

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

The NCAA is on borrowed time... every move they make is the wrong one. 

TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

Not the smartest thing to say by an Attorney... they should know better than anyone that you can't predict the outcome... furthermore, this comment could inflame those making the decision.

6marK6
6marK6

"I think his teammates should decide if he is punished or not." Les Miles

joblackbird68
joblackbird68

Wonder if the high priced attorneys are being paid by JM's parents or proceeds from autograph sells? Most collage athletes can't afford lawyers. Texas A&M also hired high profile attorneys.  Where there's smoke.......

26terry
26terry

Cmon, if they went out at OSU, this guy is in the same category, sorry.

27ringswhew
27ringswhew

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time! He's guilty, suspension is called for..

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

More double standard crap. If it was the OSU, no chance of skating. The NCAA will be laughed at forever if this guy is not suspended.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

I wonder if the school will take a chance and let him play.  If he's found guilty after the season the penalties for the school could be severe while he moves on to the pro's.   I'm not sure he has the maturity to lead at the pro level though.   Lots of childish behavior hitting the news recently.  I hope he gets straightened out...

djfarkus
djfarkus

"We think that we can delay and obstruct, and effectively run out the clock until the end of the season, at which point my client will get paid, and I can get paid. Delay tactics are the first thing they teach in Lawyer 101. I can keep the hounds at bay for 6 months without breaking a sweat..."

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

The thing that really bothers me about this, is nowhere does he say he's innocent...just that he'll play.  To me, that means the NCAA can't prove it's case.  Of course, Suits don't care if you are guilty or innocent...they just defend you.  But still...it would be nice for someone to come out and say this is all BS.  Nobody has...

TrojanMan
TrojanMan

NCAA rules only apply to teams outside of the SEC. 

Cman
Cman

this kid is nothing but trouble.  family hiring a lawyer pretty much shows he is guilty and he and his family will fight this just so he can play.  they think they should be above the rules.  ncaa better have the guts to stick it to this guy. 

mishmosh2000
mishmosh2000

Do innocent parties really need to lawyer up?

Blinker
Blinker

Just goes to show there is NO integrity left.  Video tape and audio "I was not here signing these".  Whatever....  If OSU had the penalties that were handed to them and johnny jack@ss gets off free of charges then the NCAA is garbage.  Wait.......  the NCAA is garbage anyway IMHO.

joe6647
joe6647

Why wouldnt his defense attorney be optimistic? Whats he going to say.  My client is definitely going to jail lol

Classy_Fro1
Classy_Fro1

All the college athletes should band a not play a down this season to protest the oppression the NCAA has instilled since there existence.  The NCAA is a nonprofit that maximizes revenue on the backs of collegiate athletes.  

M46
M46

I wanna see pictures of his vehicle, and those $7,500 rims!  If he's still got stock rims, let him play, if not bye bye johnny FB.

OldDawg
OldDawg

Attorney fees are being covered by proceeds from Johnny Football autograph session.

howdythurr
howdythurr

remember that time Cam threw his laptop out of his window? lol

OraPike
OraPike

let him play---if trayvon was t oo young to know what he was doing so is he--he is a kid.

hilltanktx
hilltanktx

...and now the lawyer is getting new rims.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

Ohio State and Terrell Pryor should have hired this guy. Oh wait, it wouldn't have mattered because everyone pretty much hates Ohio State anyway.

6marK6
6marK6

@Markus If Johnny did not have football he would be either dead or in prison. He has some disorders.

mashley278
mashley278

@sptsguy12345 As a fan, I wouldn't want him to play a down. Alabama has an incoming defensive lineman that was just on Twitter with pictures of him holding cash and saying "the struggle is over!". I hope he never sees the field in an Alabama jersey.

mashley278
mashley278

@TrojanMan I can see why you say that..after that harsh punishment they dealt to Oregon....

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

@TrojanMan yeah, thats why Alabama was on probation for 5 years… and why 8 SEC teams have been on probation in the last 20 years.

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

@Cman That's ridiculous.  You need a lawyer these days to guide you through the labyrinth of laws and regulations you are going through.  I'm an Alabama fan...so I really would like to see this young man get his act together so he can play.  I also fear he's guilty as hell with what we've seen so far...but to say he's guilty just because he hires a lawyer is just nuts.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@mishmosh2000 Anyone who is accused of something should lawyer up immediately. Guilty or not! Welcome to America my friend. 

Longsack the Clown
Longsack the Clown

@Rocketsbias, this isn't a criminal offense! If it's found to be true the only punishment that would be handed out would be a suspension of a certain amount of games. Personally I think he did take some cash, but for the NCAA to prove it might be a tough road to travel. But people DO need to understand this isn't a court of law and the NCAA doesn't have to get the necessary evidence as a court of law would need.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

@RichLGerhold 

 Or maybe it wouldn't of mattered due to the emails that proved they had knowledge of the violations.  Tressel trying to sweep it under the rug is what did them in more than the violations by the players. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@RichLGerhold People hate what they fear so therefore nobody hates Ohio St.  Unless you're Illinois or Iowa

DonOverstreet
DonOverstreet

@mbroncofan @Cman I agree with your statements.  Also being a Tide man I want him to disappear into obscurity after a beatdown on Sept 14, not because of his off field antics. RTR.

JohnFarren
JohnFarren

What coach Tressel did is the same thing (right or wrong) coaches all over the country do- try to protect their players. I was on an academic scholarship in college. Funny I didn't get a suspension for selling my belongings for beer money. And I didn't generate a dime in revenue or pack the stands for the university. Not one alumni came to cheer me on adoring the time I spent in the university library studying...

JohnFarren
JohnFarren

The taking away of wins is the stupist thing of all. Everyone knows who won the game. When will the NCAA learn you can't rewrite history?