Johnny Manziel suspension makes the NCAA even more of a joke

What does Manziel's suspension actually accomplish?

8/29/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 7, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) practices at Coolidge Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsFollowing Johnny Manziel's 30-minute suspension from the NCAA, a lot of people have a lot of questions. The NCAA apparently discovered that either Manziel really didn't do anything wrong, or they just don't have enough evidence against him to levy a real punishment (or any evidence at all).

They've also said that they won't pursue the issue further, so Manziel is safe at this point.

So why exactly was he suspended at all? If the NCAA didn't really have anything on him, why was he punished at all? And if you're going to suspend a player, why even bother suspending him for only one half of a meaningless game?

Even without Manziel on the field, the Aggies will likely take a 3-touchdown lead (or more) into halftime. At that point, Manziel might not even need to play in that game at all. If he does, it will just be to put up a couple quarters of insane stats to boost his Heisman chances.

This slap on the wrist just makes the NCAA look even worse than they already do. They've been profiting off of Manziel and other players for years, as have the universities that these stars play for. Yet for some reason, the players themselves aren't allowed to take even the smallest piece of the pie.

The idea that a player's eligibility would be in jeopardy simply because he wanted to take advantage of the value of his autograph in a capitalist society is mind-blowingly hypocritical, particularly when #2 Texas A&M jerseys are flying off the shelves.

If the NCAA had taken a stand and actually passed down a meaningful suspension, like they did to Dez Bryant when he didn't actually violate any NCAA rules, it would have made a little more sense. Even within the convoluted and hypocritical system, it would have at least been consistent.

Now, the NCAA just looks like more of a joke than it already did.
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8/29/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Was it that hard to just say "we don't have enough proof, so we can't suspend him?" Apparently so, since the NCAA was either too proud or stupid to say so.

8/29/13   |   w_g_walters   |   223 respect

Looks to me like he may have signed one or two autographs, but didn't take the money. It's still breaking NCAA rules (NO autographs). But half a game? I think they looked at the school and decided to take it easy on him. If it were, say, Vanderbilt, he'd be gone.

8/29/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

The NCAA needs to be taken down and taken down now. They are nothing but a bunch of racketeers profiting off of kids. It's 2013, how can this crap still be happening?

8/29/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect