Can I Not Care About Athletes Selling Autographs Please?


Apparently it's that time of the year again, ladies and gentlemen. It's time for the annual dance we are told we have to perform; I call it The Let's All Pretend We are Shocked That a College Athlete Is Profiting From His Fame Shimmy. And boy are we getting good at it. Every year a story will come out where it is revealed that a college athlete has received money, tattoos or some other benefit and we all get on our high horses and demand justice.

This year it's Texas A&M's Heisman Award winning QB Johnny Manziel's turn. Johnny Football, as he's otherwise known, has been accused of accepting payment for autographs.  While I admit this is a clear violation of the NCAA amateur rules and Johnny Football was well aware of these rules, I have to ask the question; Do any of us really care?

When it comes to hypocrisy, there may be no institution that displays a greater amount of blatant hypocrisy than the NCAA. We are talking about an organization that takes in HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars a year profiting from student athletes while the students are not allowed to profit in anyway from their athletic ability.

Right or wrong, the system is the system.  Johnny Football broke a rule. A dumb rule. But he broke it nonetheless.  And guess what, I really don't care. Not at all. I can't seem to muster up enough energy to care that he benefited from his own success.  Nor did I care that Terrell Pryor got some free tattoos. Nor did I care that Reggie Bush received benefits.

It's ridiculous to think that these kids who are celebrities in these communities will not get preferential treatment from fans, boosters and unfortunately people who don't have their best interests in mind.  It's just the reality of the business of college football.  

Johnny Football does appear to be a cocky arrogant kid. But so what? You mean a 20 year old star QB at a prominent college football program is a little full of himself? Oh the humanity! Hate him all you want, if he wants to make a little scratch from his autograph, I just completely don't care. If you want to wring you hands and crucify him for it, feel free. But I'm willing to bet you don't really care either.