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Anatomy of a Scandal: An Oral History of the Manziel Allegations


The NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January, “Outside the Lines” has learned., Aug. 6

The following quotes were garnered and compiled from leaked transcripts of the NCAA’s investigation into the events surrounding alleged improprieties and violations of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.


Johnny Manziel, athlete: I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong, to be honest. I was just writing my name on things.


Gary Holdman, NCAA Ethics Committee: We believe Manziel to have signed autographs for money in conjunction with three known autograph brokers, and believe him to have been paid a fee for doing so.


Manziel: I went into this hotel room in Miami and saw a bunch of football helmets and jerseys and stuff laid out on the bed. I thought that was cool.


Doug Peppers, owner, “Doug’s Autographs”: I had casually laid some of my favorite A&M football helmets on the bed. You know, just to look at them. Then there’s a knock at the door and I couldn’t believe Johnny was standing there.


Manziel: Doug seemed nice. He had a lot of stuff. I figured he must like A&M. I was like “I’ll bet this guy would be so happy if he had the quarterback from his favorite team’s name written on these.”


Peppers: I excused myself to go to the bathroom. I was in there for about six or seven minutes. When I came out, Johnny had written his name all over all of the helmets.


Manziel: I thought it would be funny. You know, just as a joke. And to be nice.


Peppers: I tried to tell him he’d ruined all my helmets but he was watching television. So I put all my helmets in a box and asked Johnny to help me carry them down to the car. It was a tough job, and it was hot outside, so I gave him about $3,500.


Manziel: I never knew carrying things paid so well.


Kevin Sumlin, A&M Head Football Coach: Johnny likes writing his name on things. He always has. I can’t tell you how many things in our practice facility have his name on them. We’re constantly washing ink off of stuff. It’s kind of annoying.


Jason Gardner, college roommate: Once he wrote his name on my face with a sharpie while I was sleeping. I was so mad.


Holdman: Profiting from any use of a student’s likeness is a violation of NCAA rules, so we had to look into it.


Soon reports surfaced that Manziel had also signed helmets and mini-helmets in a hotel room at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut while there for a Walter Camp Football Foundation Event.


Steven Bridges, owner, “Autograph City”: I was just hanging out and counting my helmets and mini-helmets when my friend came to the door. He was like, “Hey, this is my friend Johnny.” I asked Johnny not to touch anything but he grabbed a pen and just started writing all over everything. What a jerk.


Manziel: Some of the helmets were tiny. I guess they were helmets for babies. That’s hilarious.


Bridges: He couldn’t stop talking about babies playing football, and how weird that would be. Then he asked me if I wanted him to carry everything to my car, he’d do it for $7,500. I thought that was steep, but it was about fourteen floors down. You know, a lot of carrying.


Manziel: (laughing) If this football thing doesn’t work out, I am going to open a business carrying things. You wouldn’t believe how much you can make.


Holdman: There was some cell phone footage of this event received by ESPN and shared with us. It’s grainy but we are looking into it.


Multiple sources began to step forward alleging knowledge of payment for Manziel’s autograph.


John Goldstein, A&M fan: My daughter Madison drew a picture of him that everyone in the family thought was really cute. I saw Johnny at Costco, ran out to the car and got it and asked him to sign it. Then my daughter shared some of her popcorn with him and he ate it.


Holdman: We are not looking into the signing of Mr. Goldstein’s daughter’s photo. The image does not bear a resemblance to Manziel and the “football” is green. Also, the signature looks like it says “Jommy Mangeel.” It is not under investigation.


Manziel: That guy I met at Costco, I helped him lift one of those big tubs of detergent into his cart and he didn’t even pay me. His kid just gave me some popcorn. What a cheapskate. Cute kid, though.


Drew Tieman, autograph broker: He was writing his name on some jerseys for me and I asked him to add a special inscription. That inscription was: “This is really my, Johnny Manziel’s, signature,” but he wouldn’t do it.


Manziel: Something seemed strange about that, you know? He invited me over to his house and didn’t even have anything he needed moved. What a weirdo.


Holdman: If Manziel is found to have received money from signing his autograph, both he and Texas A&M University may face penalties.


Manziel: Man, I never knew how heavy sports memorabilia is. It’s really heavy. I can see why people need help with it. I mean, I’ve carried one jersey and one helmet before, but a whole box of them weighs more than you’d think.


Sumlin: I don’t know if these allegations are true, but I can tell you two things about that kid. One, Johnny Manziel likes writing his name on things; and two, he’s one of the most helpful human beings I’ve ever coached.


Manziel: (to investigator) Sorry bro, while we were talking I wrote my name on this table. I wasn’t thinking. You need some help moving it? I’m just kidding. But seriously. Do you? I’m really strong, and really good at it.


Article written by C.M. Tomlin

All I want is a HI-C and a turkey sandwich. @CM_Tomlin

31 Comments for Anatomy of a Scandal: An Oral History of the Manziel Allegations

  1. cousin it
    1:04 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Why is there a UT football ad on this site…smh

  2. JoeMoney333
    1:09 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    1. Most of these adds are dynamic so it can be based off of places you’ve visited on the web. I have no UT add on this site… So you need to stop visiting UT sites and they won’t show up lol.

  3. Skeller03
    1:11 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    1, you do realize the adds on this site are related to your website history right? They’re intended to be specialized to each viewer, so something you previously viewed caused the ad to think you’d be interested in that.

  4. gulfbreezecatfan
    1:20 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Classic Tomlin !

  5. JoAnne
    1:24 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    These greasy Italians

  6. ummmmm
    1:26 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Great post, Tomlin. Absolutely loved it.

  7. Yoyo
    1:30 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. That seems so fake. Don’t think the NCAA will buy it… Not even if Johnny helps pack it out.

  8. uk3k_J
    1:30 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    haha, great job on this one. I haven’t been crazy about some of the new people tryign to imitate your style, but you can beat the original!

    I wonder how many boxes teddy Bridgewater had to move to get his couple of g’s?

  9. uk3k_J
    1:31 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    i mean’t can’t beat the original.

  10. CJ
    1:42 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Tomlin never disappoints!

  11. cracka
    1:46 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    the ads (not adds, idiots) are based on the sites you view, but mainly off the words of the sites you’re on … so whatever ksr is talking about is what my ads are on ksr … if they talk about louisville all day, i have ul ads, if they talk about tennessee all day, i have ut ads … i get some pretty weird stuff sometimes because i go from article to article and skim through the comments where people talk about absolutely everything … so #1, you’re seeing that because of all the college football talk on this site is my guess, it doesn’t mean when you walk away from your computer, evil gnomes are reading up on ugly orange

  12. cayts
    1:47 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Love this one Tomlin!!!!!

  13. grumpycat
    2:10 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I love Friday!

  14. Linda Taylor
    2:12 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    I missed your regular Thursday post yesterday and am glad to see it back today. Hope all is well with the Tomlin clan. Very funny as always.

  15. Adam
    2:15 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder how many comments have been deleted about how awful this is. I know when I posted my first one there was already 3-4 comments about how big of a joke this site is becoming. The writers are getting worse and worse.

  16. Reed
    2:45 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Haha I thought this was legit when I first started reading it. Very funny Tomlin. Good post.

  17. CatsFanFrankfort
    4:40 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    #15. How long have you been reading this site? A year? Maybe since the championship basketball season? This is what the site used to be all about, my friend: ridiculous sports journalism. Most of the time its UK-related, but still, get with the program. Tomlin has been here for years.

  18. Do whut?
    4:43 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Is anyone in College Station concerned that Kevin Sumlin lets this kid run roughshod with impunity? If I were an Aggies fan I wouldn’t be nearly as upset with Manziel as I would be Sumlin.

  19. jpizzle
    4:51 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    So glad Tomlin came back

  20. Young Gun
    5:12 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    This is hilarious. Great post.

  21. Adam
    5:17 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    17 been reading for over 5 years at least. The first writers like BTI and Drew Franklin (who doesn’t post much anymore) were funny but this new crap is awful. I rarely one here anymore due to that fact.

  22. Smarter than the average KSR commenter
    5:46 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Tomlin FTW! “Baby helmets” had me lol’ing.

  23. Jeez
    5:56 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    More irresponsible journalism from KSR. No surprise.

  24. Al/in/Indy
    6:02 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Good one Tomlin, some folks just don’t get it like 21. It’s the news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible. Not everybody hits a homer every time at bat

  25. KD
    6:11 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    24) Tomlin does..hit a homer. But why do people think this is funny?
    I always take several A&M helmets when I go to Miami.

  26. Kevin C.
    6:25 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Convicted Rapist: “I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong, to be honest. I was just putting my penis in things.”

  27. OhioJoe4UK
    6:55 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink


  28. Gotta say it
    8:33 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    The idiots who keep asking about ads on the site need to have their fan cards removed until they have sufficient brain power, so as not to be an embarrassment.

  29. Tampa Satchel
    8:37 pm August 9, 2013 Permalink

    Since I have criticized the last two posts he has written, and frankly I had been skipping his posts as I do with fake Tipton, I feel compelled to give a standing gold clap for a post that far exceeds the average comedic value on posts here.

    If I laugh out loud while reading KSR, I consider that a nice bonus. Well done, sir. Do keep it up.

  30. Blue Trudy
    7:23 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Funniest thing I have read in a long time. I didn’t want it to end!!

  31. Smitty
    8:54 am August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Just about how I imaged a NCAA investigation would be