The NCAA isn’t done with former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. In the eyes of the governing body, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is still causing trouble. Now, Manziel isn’t holding back in his criticism of the NCAA.
On Feb. 7, Manziel made it known through social media that the NCAA informed him that he needed to stop tweeting recruits, which the NCAA considered a violation.
Johnny Football has a well-known history with the NCAA, and he was candid about his feelings toward the NCAA in a recent interview on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast. Here’s his answer when asked how much he hated the NCAA.
“Oh, man. Scale of 1 to 10? Probably like a 12,” Manziel said.
Manziel was asked about the NCAA’s recent issue with him tweeting at recruits and how he was informed about it.
“I get a direct message on Twitter the other day from Texas A&M compliance, and I haven’t seen these messages since I was in college, and I’m kind of like, ‘What the f— is this?’ I read it, and they’re like you pretty much can’t tweet at recruits. And I’m like what if I’m a fan of Texas high school football, and this guy caught my eye and I just want to say what’s up? They’re like, ‘No, you can’t.’
“I guess they’re officially calling me a booster or something like that. I think they are just full of shit, to be honest,” he said. “I think the NCAA is the biggest racket in the entire world.”
Manziel also discussed the NCAA’s probe into him entering his sophomore season, when he allegedly signed autographs for payment.
“They tried to end me. They tried to really ruin my college career. If it wasn’t for my family and being able to hire a really good attorney, do what I needed to do, the NCAA …” Manziel said before going into detail about how tough it was to focus on football and legal matters.
He described a daily routine packed with practices sandwiched around preparation with his lawyers and advisors for a meeting with the NCAA.
Manziel was consequently suspended for the first half of the season opener against Rice.
“Every day for five hours to six hours a day for three weeks, I did nothing but prepare for this case and make sure they weren’t going to do to me what they have done to other people in the past,” Manziel said. “I just wasn’t going to let it happen.”