Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp is the leading voice in the Aggies’ camp regarding the allegations of Johnny Manziel’s profiting from six different autograph sessions for three different brokers, and last night’s statements were the most definitive since the allegations surfaced early August.
Sharp spoke with KBTX-TV, which posted a video and the interview transcript, and proclaimed Manziel’s innocence and added, ‘he’s seen things that other folks can’t see’.
“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp said. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing, and I think that it’s time that we, once we knew what the facts are and we know the facts, and I’ve seen what everybody else has seen now, and the rest of the country is going to get to see that before it’s over with. It was a bunch of hype journalism.”
Sharp’s comments come one day after he raked ESPN and Darren Rovell’s reporting over the coals for declaring Manziel guilty with ‘no evidence whatsoever’.
The biggest question is whether Texas A&M’s athletic department shares the same sentiments. If so, there’s no doubt he’ll be playing against Rice.
Following NCAA’s guidelines of remaining mum about ongoing investigations, Manziel hasn’t spoken to the media since the first report surfaced August 4th.
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