Cleveland Plain Dealer: OSU Finds No Violations in Braxton Miller Autographs on Website of Manziel's Alleged Broker

By Ross Fulton on August 7, 2013 at 1:33p

According to Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio State's Compliance Department reviewed autographs from Braxton Miller that are for sale on a website run by a broker linked to Johnny Manziel and found that no NCAA violations took place. Gene Smith told that Ohio State received a call Sunday night that Miller was the college athlete-with the second-most memorabilia on the website. “We were told our guy was number two,” Smith said. “So we started checking on that. We went through all that stuff, and there's no connection.”

Smith said the compliance department met with Miller sometime on Monday or Tuesday, and it was determined that most of the Miller merchandise for sale was signed during an hour-long autograph session held as part of Big Ten media days.



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Maestro's picture

vacuuming sucks

acBuckeye's picture

Fat finger dv. Sorry. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Don't let it happen again.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Hovenaut's picture

In a related story, douchebaggery runs rampant among alleged brokers.

rekrul's picture

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

Urban Nation Army's picture

Auto +1

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

GoldenBuckeye's picture

Braxton's reaction upon hearing the news that he was being investigated:

Braxton's reaction after he was cleared:


IBleedSandG's picture

Literally chuckled to myself b/c as soon as I saw that there was another image below the "reaction" photo. I knew where you were going.
+1, GoldenBuckeye!


Mirror Lake Jump's picture

LOLed so hard at this. Plus one for you sir!

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

zjhousley's picture

So the Big Ten has them sign autographs for an hour so people can profit off of them but they can't profit off themselves?? Makes perfect sense...

FROMTHE18's picture

Think its more for fans to have access to cherished signatures of their favorite players, but its a damn shame that there is a negative side to a college football players autograph as well.

zjhousley's picture

if it's for fans to get those sigs... then why are most of the ones BM signed that day showing up on this broker's sight??

FROMTHE18's picture

no surprise here. Braxton's no fool. 

mh277907's picture

I'm with you. Actions speak louder than words and this kid's actions have never given us a reason to suspect that he would jeopardize his playing career. I guess since he doesn't say much, his words haven't given us a reason to suspect that either.


Eye27's picture

The old blood pressure is now on its way down.  Thanks for posting.

BierStube's picture

In a related story, an autographed photo of Mark May (wearing panties and a bra) did not sell.  It had a reserve of FREE.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

darbnurb's picture

Although I did not see said photo, the image is seared into my mind.  I will pay you to take it away.  Please?  

jeremytwoface's picture

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Nice going, Big Ten. Those autograph signing sessions don't belong at a media meeting. That's the stuff for football fan conventions.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Had a feeling there's nothing to it...more accusations.  Nothing to get worried about. 

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Honestly, Ohio State and other schools should just ban autographs for all of their athletes while they are student athletes. Too much of a headache, and most end up for sale anyway. 

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

Philly White's picture

Banning autographs outright seems impossible, especially when they do it for children's hospitals or charities, but signing events like the B1G media event seem inappropriate/truthfully a little sad so I'm with you there.


One would think if the players can't profit from the autographs themselves atleast have them sign them for charity ??? SMH...


brylee's picture others can profit from them!!!

hetuck's picture

IIRC,fans have to pay to attend B1G media day. With that, apparently, comes the expectation of unlimited autograph items. I'm sure that will change. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

not sure if this was posted anywhere else, kind of funny.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

unholy bucknut's picture

Best news ive heard all day. Thank you thank you.

chicagobuckeye's picture

I heard that Clowney and Bridgewater have both been cleared. While not new news, reading between the lines the only school and player to not be cleared by their school has been JM. Not that he did it, but with everyone else cleared right away makes you question.