Texas A&M chancellor backs Johnny Manziel: ‘I know he’s innocent’

Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Since Johnny Manziel exploded onto the college football scene as a dual-threat record-setting quarterback better known as Johnny Football, the Texas A&M powers-that-be have received a bit of flack for failing to protect him from the rigors of fame, as well as support him in times of need.

Whatever remnants of complaints the Manziel family and others might have about that can be put to rest with the recent actions of chancellor John Sharp, however. Sharp recently sent an e-mail roasting the reporting by ESPN’s Darren Rovell with regard to an alleged autographs-for-pay scandal, but he has not stopped there. Sharp spoke to KBTX in College Station and, as matter-of-factly as possible, proclaimed his school system’s star pupil is an innocent young man.

“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp told KBTX. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing.”

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is accused of signing thousands of autographs over six different sessions. Worries remain that Manziel may be suspended, or even forced off the team by the NCAA. However, with no actual evidence that any money ever changed hands to date, the investigation seems to be losing steam.

Manziel is not speaking to the media while the case remains open. Texas A&M, on the other hand, is voicing their opinion loud and clear.

[H/T: CBS Sports]