One bad decision could cause a lifetime of pain

Updated: August 19, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-Was Johnny Manziel that stupid to knowingly accept money from an autograph session and not fear the ramifications of his action if he got caught?

Or was he simply thumbing his nose at the establishment by cashing in on his own likeness in a protest against the NCAA -Occupy Wall Street style?

Probably not.

Besides, it is well-documented that Manziel comes from money.

And, he really doesn’t need the cash?

So, after realizing that, does one perceive his decision to take cash for his signature a selfish act, which could possibly jeopardize his team’s success for his own personal gain?

Therefore, is the one known as “Johnny Football” simply a spoiled little rich kid that plays quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, who parties too hard, drinks too much, and feels as if he is untouchable.

Seriously, becoming an instant celebrity could be overwhelming for any kid, especially after defeating Alabama in this new paparazzi era of cellphone cameras, Twitter accounts, Instragram, Facebook pages, and blog posts.

Plus, we have seen several childhood celebrities lose their minds trying to make sense of sudden stardom like Lindsey Lohan, Amanda Bynes, and Brittney Spears…

Really, it’s a lot of pressure trying to live up to everyone’s expectations of what you should be and how you should act.

But, I am not making any excuses for Manizel’s behavior.

With that said, will the NCAA go after Manizel like MLB is going after Alex Rodriguez?

Will they strip Manizel of his swagger like they removed Joe Paterno’s statue in Happy Valley and Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

Let’s remember the NCAA operates like the MOB.*(Read my article The Politics of Corruption:Taking a closer look at college sports on BASN)

So, Johnny “Football” can be replaced, sacked, bagged up, and thrown in the river, especially if they felt that he was making mockery of their rules. Or, felt that he was bigger than the program.

Let’s not forget, the NCAA has the ability to erase history and zap memories.

If you don’t believe me, remember they told us that the University of Michigan’s Fab Five never existed, Reggie Bush didn’t win the Heisman, and Joe Paterno didn’t win over 300 games.

Now, that’s gangster. Shamefully, they may have to make another example out of someone else.

Why? Because, if they keep having to deal with these young players becoming bolder in breaking their draconian laws, they are going to have to eventually pay these kids for their athletic prowess.

As a result, the NCAA could simply forfeit every game that Manziel competes in during the 2013 season SHOULD he eventually be found guilty of accepting money for these autographs.

Yes, all of these things are possible ramifications for Manizel’s poor judgment.

But, the worst case scenario is that the NCAA rules Manizel’s ineligible this year, which would mean that the Aggies’ football program would be placed on probation, which means Coach Kevin Sumlin’s job would be in jeopardy along with potential future scholarships, which would place a promising Texas A&M team in last place in the SEC for years to come.

If this snow-ball (cash-for-signature )develops into an avalanche, the legend of John “Football” really could become a legendary story, where he is loved and hated at the same time. Plus, his NFL career could be sidelined with a 3rd round draft pick, as NFL managers scrutinize him for his character flaws, which could have him holding a clipboard for the Cleveland Browns.

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

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