The hits just keep on coming for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Heisman winner has found his name in the headlines a lot over the past couple of months, and nearly all of it has been negative. Most recently, he was booted out of the Manning Passing Academy by Archie Manning himself, and then a day later he plead guilty to concealing his identity from a police officer (stemming from a bar fight in 2012). Now he’s reportedly apologized to A&M for his behavior.
Manziel’s behavior is going to continue to be a trending topic until he turns it around. But at this point, is it really that big of a deal? He’s a 20-year old star with a lot going for him, and he’s not the first or last high-profile player to get into a little trouble. I think we all probably did stupid stuff when we were 20, and this guy has exposure to so much more than normal folks. He’s under the proverbial microscope, and right now everybody is watching.
It doesn’t help when you have a media juggernaut like the four-letter network overdramatizing his every move, but that’s reality for Johnny Football.
Based on his past behavior, this latest incident at the Manning Academy is not surprising at all. Maybe Manziel got a little cocky and drank too much? If that was the case, he got burned and embarrassed in the process. To me, that’s punishment enough.
Ultimately, this isn’t a big deal because he’s still going to be the A&M quarterback this year – and he’ll still probably perform at the same high level. Manziel has no doubt made some bad calls over the past year, but it’s doubtful it will affect his play on the field. If he gets kicked out of an Aggies’ practice in August, then fans should start to worry. Until something significant happens, we just need to write this off as a Manziel acting his age.
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