ESPN sports analyst Jay Bilas took to Twitter to attack the NCAA on Tuesday afternoon. The college football authority is currently investigating Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for selling his autograph for a few thousand dollars.
If the allegations are true, then the NCAA could even suspend Manziel.
And fans are not happy that the troubled Heisman Trophy winner would be taken out of play for a stupid activity that doesn’t really change how he plays the game.
The NCAA describes college football as an amateur sport where no money changes hands. But the reality is that everybody’s cashing in except the players themselves.
And Jay Bilas posted tweet after tweet from ShopNCAAsports.com to prove it.
As you can see from the top screenshot, the NCAA is cashing in on Johnny Manziel’s name by selling the Johnny Football shirts. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old quarterback is in trouble for such foolishness as reportedly signing autographs for $7,500 so he could buy some fancy rims.
Double standards much?
The first round of Jay Bilas tweets
After the shaming got too much for the NCAA, they disabled the search function of the online store. So Bilas tweeted a workaround:
And Bilas didn’t let up:
Are you starting to get the idea that Jay Bilas is disgusted with the NCAA?
And a lot of people either agree with him or are at least entertained by him.
And Bilas doesn’t sound like he’s in the mood to just let it go:
The NCAA Shop store’s own website boasts that they have the largest collection of college merchandise on sale anywhere. They’re making millions.
But they’re going to derail Johnny Manziel’s career over being a stupid kid who didn’t want to ask his rich folks for money to pimp his ride?
Jay Bilas found a pretty creative way to express his opinion of those NCAA policies. But will it work?
[NCAA store search result via Jay Silas official Twitter]