'Uncle' Nate Fitch accused by 'half dozen' of running Johnny Manziel business
Nate Fitch is a friend of Johnny Manziel's dating back to their high school days, and he also serves as the Heisman-winner's personal assistant. He might be the man who set up the autograph sessions for which Manziel was allegedly paid, if what sources told ESPN's Wright Thompson is accurate:
A half dozen sources and counting have said that, among other things, Fitch helped run a Manziel autograph business, setting up signings, handling logistics.
Fitch has been a central figure in Manziel's life for a while now, and as Thompson points out, there is plenty of photographic evidence of that. There's much more to their relationship in the story, which paints the picture of a family wary of Fitch's influence on their son.
Since the news broke, Manziel and Fitch have been silent. From Thompson's piece:
Nate didn't, and hasn't, responded to text messages. He's gone underground. Everyone inside the Manziel inner circle has been told to keep quiet.
Manziel is not suspended -- he is in camp and practicing with the Aggies -- but he hasn't been made available to the media, and Texas A&M hasn't issued any formal denial of the allegations against the star quarterback. The school has at least made a statement in the sense that it hired a law firm to help handle whatever is to come of the NCAA's inquiry.
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