For a guy that’s the reigning Heisman trophy winner and arguably the most popular quarterback in college football, Johnny Manziel sure seems like he’s been on the receiving end of a lot of passes, rather than throwing them lately.
Let me first say that I realize he’s a college kid who’s parents are well off and he is going to be in the public eye because of who he is. That being said, it still doesn’t excuse some of (highlight “some of”) the things that he’s been accused of doing or the things that he lets us know that he’s doing.
Ever since the world was introduced to him last fall, and since he’s hoisted that bronze trophy in December, it seems as if “Johnny Football” can’t stay out of the public eye, and it’s mostly for the wrong reasons. Should A&M and the world have seen this coming when he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver’s license, all stemming from a late night fight in College Station, before he was the starting qb?
Or maybe not. Shall we chalk that up to immaturity and not knowing better? Fine. But he needs to remember that great quarterbacks are great because of their athleticism, and great decision making. Some of the things he does off the field, don’t display great decision making. Period.
Skip Bayless from ESPN’s First Take talked about his decision making in regards to Twitter in this video at the 2:45 mark.
In the months after winning the award, we saw him attend an NBA game or two (Miami Heat vs. Dallas) where he showed off his courtside seats. He tweeted about it, and folks publicly asked “how does a kid in college get courtside seats?”. As stated before, his parents are well off, and he tweeted a rebuttal saying he bought the tickets himself.
We’ve seen the pictures of him hanging with celebs
There’s no problem with any of this. But for a guy who keeps screaming “I’m just 20 years old and has a lot of pressure on me”, you may want to stay away from the pictures that include and endorse certain brands of alcohol. The last time I checked you had to be 21 years old to drink!
Speaking of drinking, the latest PR mishap from Johnny Football came this past week, when he was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy, a yearly football camp for aspiring football players. Reports were widespread that Johnny was hung over and didn’t make it to meetings or practices. He left due to an illness, dehydration, which I don’t have to tell you is a product of…drinking too much alcohol.
Of course the Mannings have come to his defense refuting the reports, and who are we to doubt the Mannings right? I mean, what good does it do coming out and blasting Johnny Manziel, Heisman trophy winner and future NFL qb, for being a drunk and missing out at their camp? So they did the politically correct thing and defended him.
Manziel apologized to Texas A&M for his behavior. If you didn’t do anything wrong, what are you apolozing for?
Nobody is trying to make Manziel into a Tebow. Nobody is trying to tell him how to live his life. I am saying that he does need to grow up and be very mindful of how he carries himself and what he puts out there for public consumption. Nobody is going to care that you’re 20 years old if A&M stumbles out the gate and has a horrible season. Folks will point to all of those pictures above. And the tweets. And your judgement of all things off the field.
Since nobody wants to place any accountability on Johnny Manziel now, let me know when we can. I’ll wait.