As Texas A&M nears its season-opening game, questions surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel — specifically, whether Manziel violated NCAA rules by signing autographs — continue to spread.
ESPN is reporting that two additional autograph dealers have come forward to say that Manziel signed memorabilia for them, one in South Florida after the BCS National Championship Game and one in Houston in late January. That brings to six the number of dealers reporting that Manziel signed for them in a private session, with a total number of signatures estimated at 4,400. No sources have come forward witnessing Manziel accepting cash for the autographs.
Two leading authentication firms contacted by ESPN, PSA/DNA and JSA, indicated that they had authenticated the Manziel signatures, which appeared to come from closed-setting signings rather than sideline or spur-of-the-moment encounters. "With college guys, you'll often see different color pens, varying penmanship, autographs
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