Darren Rovell feels sweet vindication.
Johnny Manziel revealed that he “made somewhat of a decent living” by selling his autograph during his playing time at Texas A&M.
The first occasion that Manziel described was when a man approached him in Florida with a chance to make $3,000.
“We’re doing it all sneaky, we don’t want to get caught, we’re trying to learn from everybody else who’s got caught,” Manziel said during the interview. “And I may or may not have gone back to this guy’s condo [in South Beach] and signed probably 10,000 pieces. He gave me three grand.”
Rovell, who currently works for The Action Network, was one of the two bylined reporters on a 2013 ESPN story about the quarterback potentially profiting from autographs. Manziel was ultimately suspended for half a game after an investigation failed to find any proof that money had changed hands.
After Manziel came clean, Rovell is now demanding an apology from Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp who he claimed defamed his name.
“After Johnny Manziel’s autographs for cash admission, it’s time for Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp to apologize for defaming me and attacking my credibility in front of Aggies fans for the sport of it. It has been eight years coming”
Manziel doesn’t seem worried about the NCAA’s response to his confession, even challenging the NCAA to “take my f***ing 9-4 season away and my Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke.”
After his time at Texas A&M, Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. He hasn’t made an appearance in the NFL since 2015.