Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the 2013 Maroon and White Texas A&M spring game at Kyle Field in College Station, TX. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Photo)

A prominent autograph broker on eBay claims that Johnny Manziel's friend and personal assistant, Nate Fitch, told him that Manziel would no longer sign autographs for him without compensation, according to ESPN.

The broker said that the Texas A&M quarterback signed about 50 items for him at the team's hotel Nov. 9. He also said Manziel then signed about 200 more items days later, but did not pay Manziel for either session.

The broker also claimed that Fitch said he could provide other college football players to sign autographs, but would have to be compensated.

The broker showed ESPN a photo of Manziel signing autographs in what he claims was Manziel's hotel room.

ESPN reported Sunday that the NCAA began an investigation as to whether Manziel received payment for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January.

Sources told ESPN that Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman, agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure fee while in Miami to attend the BCS National Championship game.

The sources witnessed the signing but saw no money change hands. Three sources said Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman.

According to the report's sources, Tieman had a meeting with Manziel on Jan. 6. The next day, Manziel and Fitch visited Tieman's residence and signed hundreds of items with a number of people in the room.

After the BCS title game, Manziel signed hundreds of additional autographs.

James Garland, the NCAA's assistant director of enforcement, contacted Tieman in June and wanted to discuss items signed by Manziel that appeared for sale on eBay.

If the NCAA investigation finds that Manziel has violated NCAA rules by accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service, he could be ruled ineligible.

Jason Cook, Texas A&M's senior associate athletics director for external affairs, said in a statement, "It is Texas A&M's longstanding practice not to respond to such questions concerning specific student-athletes."

However, in March, Texas A&M's compliance director, David Batson told ESPN, "Johnny has indicated on numerous occasions and, once again earlier today, that he has never (and to his knowledge, his parents, other relatives and friends have ever) been compensated through cash or other benefits or promises of deferred compensation for providing his autograph."

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