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Report: Manziel Tells Broker To Keep Quiet: "You Never Did A Signing With Me"

The hole is getting deeper.

The hole keeps getting deeper for Johnny Manziel.

Manziel, of course, is at the heart of an NCAA investigation regarding whether he has been profiting off of his autograph. It was reported that Manziel allegedly received "a five figure flat fee" for signing memorabilia while down in Miami before the BCS National Championship Game in January.

Today, a new report came out from ESPN's Joe Schad -- an East Coast broker claims he paid Manziel $7,500 for his signature on 300 helmets and mini-helmets. The broker recorded two 9-minute videos on his cell phone, which he played for ESPN. Here are more details from the report:

On the videos, which the broker said were recorded without Manziel's knowledge, ESPN heard Manziel say "you never did a signing with me" and that if the broker were to tell anyone, he would refuse to deal with him again in the future. Manziel, who appeared comfortable throughout the video recordings, also said if asked, he would say he had simply been approached by various autograph seekers.

At one point, ESPN heard a broker ask Manziel if he would take additional cash to sign with special inscriptions, but Manziel declined, indicating he had done that before and it led to questions. The video does not show Manziel accepting cash, which the broker alleges happened three times. The broker told ESPN Manziel said he wanted money for new rims for his vehicle.

While it may seem extremely hypocritical for the NCAA to crack down on Johnny profiting off of his own likeness, rules are rules. It will be interesting to see the NCAA's approach to the rest of the investigation, as Manziel poses a huge threat to the rules of college amateurism that it established.

The Manziel family has hired the same lawyers that once defended Cam Newton and Auburn -- expect the Manziel camp to remain firm that Johnny did not receive any cash in these "dealings."