Johnny Manziel is Quickly Learning a Lesson About Fame

By Marian Hinton


Brett Davis: USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback and recent Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel likes to have his fun, and who can blame him? He’s been seen partying all over Texas, galavanting around between various NBA and NFL games, and most recently he was on the homepage of TMZ celebrating in a downtown Dallas bar with a very expensive bottle of champagne. His behavior of late has raised some eyebrows, including those of the Aggie’s athletic director, who decided it was time to sit down with Manziel’s parents and discuss his responsibilities as a star quarterback and Heisman winner.

Manziel is quickly learning that celebrity comes at a cost. Not that he’s exactly been trying stay away from the limelight, but now, he is realizing that every single thing he does is a big deal.

While driving in Ennis, Texas, just outside of Dallas, Manziel was pulled over for speeding and issued a citation. A speeding ticket is certainly no big deal; after all, who among us hasn’t been known to exceed the speed limit every now and then?

After the incident (if you can even describe it as such), Manziel got a little advice from the judge responsible for dealing with the ticket when he took to Facebook to brag about his encounter with the young star:

Too funny. So it seems that a certain unnamed (very) recent Heisman Trophy winner from a certain unnamed ‘college’ down south of here got a gift from the Ennis P.D. while he was speeding on the 287 bypass yesterday. It appears that even though the OU defense couldn’t stop him, the City of Ennis P.D. is a different story altogether. Time to grow up/slow down young ‘un. You got your whole life/career ahead of you. Gig Em indeed.

Pretty unethical behavior by the judge, who by the way is a graduate of Baylor, a former Big 12 Rival to the Aggies, and I expect that he will soon be disciplined for it.

Nevertheless, as inappropriate a platform as it may have been, the judge does have a point. It may do young Mr. Manziel well to heed the judge’s advice to “grow up and slow down”. He does indeed have his whole life ahead of him, and he has to learn from here on out, very little of what he does in private will stay that way.


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