Tim Brown thinks school allowed Johnny Manziel 'too much freedom'

Johnny Manziel has had a long summer. (USATSI)
We believe this makes it official: Everyone has weighed in on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Former NFL wide receiver Tim Brown was asked about the Manziel autograph "scandal," and he thinks that universities don't do enough to protect their student-athletes.

"In particular Johnny Manziel -- I think they just allowed him too much freedom," Brown said Monday, via WNDU.com. "He's an underclassman and is still in a position where he has eligibility.

"I've been in two places where he was unsupervised. I was in Connecticut and I was in Florida and he was there on official school business with no one there with him. I don't know how smart that is. ..

"He had nobody with him representing him from the university," Brown added, via the SouthBendTribune.com. "They just sort of left him out there. If somebody from A&M had been there, he wouldn't have been involved in that situation. It's really incumbent on people around him to protect him. If you walk around with no money and someone says, 'Hey, here's $10,000 to sign of a couple hundred items,' that's going to be hard to turn down."

Which probably has a lot to do with Manziel's current predicament.

One former NFL player who isn't quite so sympathetic to Manziel's situation: Ricky Williams.

“You know once you win the Heisman Trophy, there's going to be more attention on you,” Williams said earlier this week. “You are probably not going to be able to get away with all the stuff you got away with before. To the media I would say, if the media did their research on who this kid was, nobody would be surprised.”

Manziel has had a rough summer. He was dismissed from the Manning Passing Academy, and now he's currently under investigation by the NCAA.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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