The level of media coverage on 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s football and personal life is a little bit short of omniscient. He cannot do anything without the whole world knowing about it an hour later.
The worst part of the newfound fame for this 20-year-old athlete is the negative notoriety he is receiving. Manziel has been in the news multiple times since becoming a household name, mostly for incidents of trouble.
Manziel took some flak the past few days for some alleged partying and late-night antics while he was supposed to be a coach and counselor at the Manning Quarterback Camp. He left the camp early with reports of dehydration and the Manning family claims he was not asked to leave for disciplinary reasons. There is no concrete evidence of anything to condemn Manizel’s supposed mischief, but his actions and potential involvement in such things are suspicious.
Standing out from several small incidents, reports have recently surfaced stating that Manziel was arrested on June 29, 2012. Manziel was charged with three misdemeanors: failure to identify, possession of a fictitious driver’s license and disorderly conduct. After a plea bargain and the latter two charges being dropped, Manziel got off with a $2,000 fine and some court costs.
This continuing abandon for rules and series of poor choices is not a good sign for NFL teams interested in drafting the Texas A&M quarterback. The tweet below from June 1 features Manziel and friends driving very fast in a boat. It shows exactly why GMs and owners ought to be wary of signing a guy who could end up in big trouble:
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 1, 2013
This type of recklessness and disregard for putting himself in bad situations will get Manziel into trouble down the road. It starts with a few small things, escalates to bigger trouble and then, before you know it, Manziel winds up behind bars … again. But, if that does happen, at least the Oakland Raiders will probably still draft him.