Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel got a half's worth of a suspension handed down to him Wednesday, an agreement Texas A&M and the NCAA reached because the star quarterback violated NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168 by signing autographs.
Manziel will sit out the first half of the Aggies' opener against Rice Saturday, a mere slap on the wrist even though Manziel is accused of actually selling his signature to memorabilia dealers.
Not everyone seemed happy for Manziel -- including former Hurricanes basketball star Dequan Jones.
Jones was forced to sit out 11 games his senior year as part of the Nevin Shapiro booster investigation. Shapiro claimed that former UM assistant Jake Morton asked Shapiro for $10,000 to secure Jones, then a recruit. Jones was allowed to return to action after the NCAA couldn’t find evidence against him.
Jones, now in his second year with the Orlando Magic, took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how how quickly the Manziel mess was worked out.
Hey @ncaa , y'all are a joke. I'm Dequan Jones and I approved this message.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
My ruling wasn't expedited.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
Wrong sport and the wrong conference I guess.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013
Compromise the integrity of amateurism in collegiate athletics for the sake of revenue. Sounds like the @ncaa I know.— Dequan Jones (@Dequan20Jones) August 28, 2013