Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp Says Johnny Manziel is 'Innocent'

Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp says his quarterback, Johnny Manziel, is "innocent" amid allegations the star Aggies quarterback being paid for signing sports memorabilia.

Aug 22 2013, 10:39pm CDT | by

Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp Says Johnny Manziel is 'Innocent'
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If it were all up to Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp, he would declare Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel innocent. 

This is what Sharp believes to be the case in an interview with KBTX News of College Station, Tex. regarding allegations Manziel signed sports memorabilia to get paid. The chancellor said he's seen enough evidence which ought to be enough to clear Manziel's name. 

"I know he's innocent. I know that he didn't do what they accused him of doing." 

When pressed for an answer on why Sharp believes this is the case, all he said was he just knows, per KBTX via the Dallas Morning News

"I just know. I've seen things that other folks can't see. And it didn't happen. It did not happen."

However, if an NCAA investigation deems otherwise, Manziel could be ruled ineligible for several games or possibly the entire 2013 NCAA season, according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. 

Sharp also made headlines on Thursday when he called into question the reporting of ESPN's Outside the Lines August 4 episode on the Manziel issue, saying the Aggies quarterback was declared guilty without any substantial evidence. 

"While I did confirm that it was a personal view, my motivation was based on the fact we have had ongoing and productive dialogue with the NCAA during their investigation, as required. However, some members of the media have chosen to declare #2 guilty with no evidence whatsoever." 

Sharp's statement about ESPN came in the form of an e-mail where he singles out ESPN reporter Darren Rovell. Rovell allegedly cited two unnamed sources who refused to be interviewed or provide any evidence in his report. 

Goodbread also adds one ESPN report even indicated a direct payment of $7,500 to Manziel for his alleged inolvement in the memorabilia-signing controversy. 

An ESPN spokesman fired back at Sharp's comments, saying "We stand by our reporting." 

 


 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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