Johnny “Football” stiff-arms his way out of scandal.

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Updated: August 30, 2013
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NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-O.J. got away.

Cam avoided punishment

And, Johnny “Football,” scrambled his way out of a scandal.

Yes, the one they call Johnny “Football, who seemingly can’t escape the scrutiny of the media, dodged the discipline of the NCAA, due to lack of evidence in the autograph for cash violation.

As a result, after all of this brouhaha, the redshirt sophomore ended up only getting suspended for the first half of the opening season against the Rice Owls on Saturday.

Yes, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies got the Lindsay Lohan treatment, just like I predicted in my previous article entitled Using “Whiteness” as a weapon on BASN.

Six hour suspension

Seriously, you meet with the NCAA for six hours and they only give you a first half suspension against Rice University.

Really? Rice University? One-half?

The NCAA and A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw 12.5.2.1, an NCAA representative confirmed.

The rule states that student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.

And even though, Manziel is only getting a first half suspension, which is not coming from the NCAA, his legal representative, felt it wasn’t justifiable.

“We don’t really believe [the suspension] was warranted, but we believe NCAA and Texas A&M worked with us to get this matter resolved,” said Darnell, who served as Manziel’s attorney in the case.

“Johnny was willing to accept it to get back on the football field and compete.”

Therefore, Manziel, will probably trot on the field, after serving his one-half suspension to a mixture of cheers and boos against the Aggies season-opening cupcake opponent, the Owls of Rice University.

Super Bowl of the SEC

And while he was successfully able to stiff-arm his way through the NCAA’s investigation, SEC fans as well as college football in general, are patiently waiting to see if he can lead his team to another upset against No. 1 Alabama on Sept.14, which some are calling the Super Bowl of the South, like he did in Tuscaloosa last year, when he set a SEC single-season total offense record with 5,116 yards—as a redshirt freshman.

But, as much as, I want to believe Johnny Manziel is completely innocence, just like I wanted to believe Cam Newton was completely innocence in the pay-for-play scandal surrounding his sophomore season at Auburn in 2010, my “Spider-Man senses” have come to the conspiractory conclusion that the SEC and the NCAA came to an agreement to settle this case and simply cash in on the charismatic college quarterback’s fame.

I have no proof that this is true. Just like they had no proof that Manziel took cash for his signature.

See, how this works.

Honestly, it would have been foolish for the NCAA to sideline their poster boy at this time.

Media magnet

Why? Because, he is a media magnet, a walking slot machine, who on his remarkable road to becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy,  generated $37 million worth of media exposure to the Texas A&M University.

So, no wonder Manziel’s lawyer Jim  Darnell was thankful that the NCAA resolved this situation before the season began while saying “It was a win-win for everybody.” according to ESPN.

Why? Because, $37 million is enough money to convince anyone to overlook an alleged “7,500 in cash that never was given to Manziel.”

Plus, if the Texas Thunder cat, who lives in a real life fish bowl, with the whole world watching him, can avoid the sophomore jinx and provide a national televised audience with the same type of seemingly effortful less elusive electricity as he did as a freshman, which he threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,410 yards, his cult-like following could be bigger than Tim Tebow, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake put together.

So, if the state slogan in Texas is true, “That everything is bigger in Texas,” the legend of Johnny “Football” could be colossal.

College football along with the Texas A&M Aggie Alumni, however, should savor every snap this season because, after sidestepping this summer’s scandal, Manziel will probably be riding off in the sunset with a “brand-new pair of rims” to the NFL at the end of the year, especially after he tweeted last month that he couldn’t wait to get out of College Station, which he later claimed was only tweeted because of a parking ticket.

Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Editor and Chief of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com

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