Darnell said the one thing that should come out of the Manziel autograph saga is a new look at what's wrong with the NCAA. The attorney said Manziel "is like every other 20-year-old kid. When you get this much publicity and people accusing you of things, you can get scared. The good thing he has going for him, is he knows what happened."

Darnell, based in El Paso, Texas, told ABC-7 that he could not comment on the status of the NCAA investigation.

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