Johnny Manziel calls NCAA a 'joke'

The former Texas A&M star tweeted out a photo of himself on the cover of TIME from 2013, which writer Sean Gregory suggested college athletes be paid.

Kahron Spearman

Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel put in his two cents about whether the NCAA should pay players (h/t Bleacher Report.)

It's probably more like a nickel, considering his past willingness to be critical about the NCAA, who has been under fire about its institutions paying athletes under the table.

Manziel posted a photo of himself the cover of the Sept. 16, 2013, edition of Time magazine, where he was profiled by writer Sean Gregory in a story titled, "It's Time to Pay College Athletes."

He calls the beleaguered NCAA a 'joke" in the tweet.

I think they are just full of s--t, to be honest. I think the NCAA is the biggest racket in the entire world. There is nothing as viewed, as watched than college sports, especially college football and college basketball.

Johnny Manziel
Free agent quarterback

He also posted a message saying he would "take that jersey money," relating to the NCAA's look into his off-field business.

Manziel got a one-half suspension in Texas A&M's season-opener over again Rice in 2013. The penalty was levied upon him after an ESPN Outside the Lines report about Manziel allegedly collecting $7,500 for an autograph signing.

He has been most recently seen working out with likely top-3 pick Saquon Barkley, whom he spoke highly of in a TMZ interview.