It’s a fertile period for idiots making news. Johnny Manziel, Alex Rodriguez, Riley Cooper: If any of them had a brain, they’d be playing catch with it.
In Cooper’s case, he’d probably drop it.
Of those three, Manziel is most deserving of sympathy. He did nothing wrong. Manziel just wants to make some money out of being Johnny Manziel.
The NCAA makes millions off Manziel.
Texas A&M makes millions off Manziel.
Video-game companies, sports networks…Manziel gets exploited at every turn. He sells tickets. He sells merchandise. Manziel moves the needle.
But Manziel doesn’t see a dime.
Manziel broke the rules. But they’re not his rules.
The NCAA practices an upscale form of slavery. You do all the work, we make all the money. A free education provides very slim justification.
What’s a free education worth compared to what Manziel does for the NCAA? For Texas A&M? For EA Sports? For ESPN?
The NCAA prohibits Manziel from peddling his autograph.
Yo, Johnny Football: Sign away, sell away. Do right by yourself.
If the NCAA kicks him out, Manziel gets that NFL money a bit earlier than expected. Maybe not as much. And perhaps Manziel isn’t ready for the NFL. Not as a quarterback, and certainly not emotionally.
But that doesn’t justify Manziel getting shamelessly used by a system that’s antiquated, outdated and downright unfair.
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