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Reports: Manziel nearly left A&M after suspension

Reports: Manziel nearly left A&M after suspension

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Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M's dream season in 2012 almost didn't come to fruition.

Manziel told Texas Monthly for an upcoming feature that Texas A&M suspended him following his arrest on June 29, 2012, for disorderly conduct, failing to properly identify himself, and for carrying a fake driver's licenses. Manziel told the magazine that he learned of his suspension in August, prior to fall camp.

"When you get in trouble, a school disciplinary board reprimands you," Manziel said. "They pretty much prosecuted me off the story in [The Eagle]. They banned me from athletics and from my scholarships. I had worked hard, and done everything Coach [Kevin] Sumlin asked me to do, and then they told me I couldn't play anymore."

The report on Texas Monthly's website Wednesday comes less than 24 hours after The Dallas Morning News reported citing a source that Manziel was suspended and considered transferring.

Manziel's mother, Michelle, gave the report credence, telling Texas Monthly "If they're going to do that we're fixing to have to transfer him to a junior college to get him to play."

Manziel along with A&M officials, put in an appeal to A&M's Dean of Student Life, reported Texas Monthly.

"For about seven days, until I got my appeal in," Manziel said, "I was not allowed to compete in any athletics." 

The Dallas Morning News reported that Anne Reber, the dean of student life, ruled in Manziel's favor on the appeal. Reber, when contacted Tuesday night, had no comment, citing federal student privacy acts.

A spokesman for the A&M athletic department Wednesday night said the department was deferring to the school's marketing and communication department since it was a University issue.

The author of the Texas Monthly article wrote that Manziel said he missed approximately seven days of fall camp. However, those from The Eagle who were in attendance at practice saw Manziel taking snaps every day.

The story surfaced after Manziel's controversial social media weekend, capped by two tweets.

"Bull [expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can't wait to leave College Station... whenever it may be," he wrote early Sunday morning. The tweet went out to his followers -- more than 362,000. The tweet quickly was deleted and another was filed: "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."

A source said that Manziel's tweet was the product of a parking ticket for his car in College Station while he was fishing with teammates.

Manziel hasn't sent out a tweet since.

UPDATE: Texas Monthly has posted a correction on the story: "The original version of this story quoted Johnny Manziel as saying he missed 'about seven days' of Texas A&M football camp in August of 2012. This is incorrect.  Texas Monthly stands by the quote itself, but is currently seeking further clarification with regards to the timing and duration of Manziel's absence."

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