Yes, the word “suspension” is in quotes, because it doesn’t even qualify as a legitimate suspension in my eyes.
Anyhow, former Ohio State and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams took to Twitter today to give his take on the recent discipline issued to Johnny Manziel by the NCAA.
I remember when the NCAA got me for 5 games for $2500…that boy Johnny got a break.
For those who don’t remember, Adams was suspended for five games in his senior season for being involved in the infamous memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal in 2011. He was then selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, and will be playing his second season with the team this year.
While what Adams did was indeed a violation of NCAA rules, his point is certainly well-received. Buckeye fans across the nation are quick to point out that this outcry against the NCAA’s rules about autographs and profits was no where to be heard when sanctions were handed down to Ohio State. And those fans are right; where were they?
Unfortunately, it seems that “Tattoogate” was was it took for college sports fans to really consider the concept of athletes making profit in the modern sports world. While the topic has been popular for years, new-age media has certainly given the topic a brand new platform. Hopefully this nationwide support for Johnny Manziel will ultimately trickle down into history, and college football fans will look highly upon the Buckeyes program, Jim Tressel and the involved players as they did before they were linked to this “scandal.”