Manziel family thanks Texas A&M in statement

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

The Manziel family wants Texas A&M to know that it's grateful for everything the school has done for Johnny Manziel during the recent NCAA investigation. If you don't believe me you can just read the statement the family released to that says exactly that.

"The Manziel family thanks Texas A&M University for its significant efforts on behalf of their son, and stands united with Texas A&M," read the statement. "The Manziel family sends a special thank you to their attorneys, Jim Darnell, Brad Beckworth and Jeff Angelovich, for their tireless determination on behalf of Johnny. We are looking forward to seeing Johnny back on the field against Rice."

Oh, and the attorneys. You have to thank the attorneys.

On Wednesday the NCAA investigation into Manziel after allegations he accepted money for signing autographs came to an end and the only punishment Manziel received was being forced to sit out the first half of a game that Texas A&M shouldn't have any problem winning.

Which is the kind of decision the NCAA has to make when it can't provide any evidence that Manziel did anything wrong but wants to save face. So what the NCAA then does is find some silly little rule in its voluminous rule book that Manziel did break. Which, really, is a rule the NCAA could nail just about any college football player with a public profile for, and could actually hit the schools themselves with if they wanted to, but, well, what would the NCAA be if not inconsistent.

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