You can’t always believe everything you hear. That’s what Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron wants us to believe about rumors that he was taking subliminal jabs at Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in regards to the Manning Passing Academy drama that spilled into SEC Media day.
While McCarron is right, we can’t always believe everything we hear, he is also foolish if he thinks that some of us are buying their pseudo friendship and “gentlemen’s code” between he and Manziel of not “saying” anything while insinuating things all in the same breath.
Well, McCarron, we haven’t lost our minds. We aren’t seeing things, and this isn’t TMZ; we aren’t creating stories for the shear purpose of igniting a fire. We are all anticipating that Sept. 14, showdown in College Station, Texas, with or without the he said-she said.
It all breaks down like this. McCarron was willing to tell an anonymous source, or at least let it be known one way or another, that he tried waking up Manziel at least one of the mornings at the Manning camp. Then when he was asked about it at Bama’s SEC media day, he replied on the matter by dancing around the answer with this reply;
“I can’t answer on Johnny Manziel’s part; he’s his own man. I’m not going to speak on another man’s business. That’s how I was raised. I know how to handle myself in public, and that’s what I worry about.”
It sounds mature and polite until the second part of the quote when McCarron says “I know how to handle myself in public.” I believe we have a smoking gun; shots fired. I’m not buying any bit of McCarron’s attempt to set the record straight. To insist that you know how to handle yourself in public would be insinuating that the subject of the conversation — Manziel — doesn’t.
It all comes with dark and light shades of grey. At the end of it all, the fact of the matter is we have a 20-year-old Heisman Trophy winner who loves to do what every other college kid is doing on the weekends and in the process, is not handling his self the way a Heisman-winning, high-profile SEC quarterback should. And on the other side, there is McCarron, who has won two national championships under the most polarizing coach in college football; what is he supposed to say when asked about Manziel?
I would have to think McCarron would have been better off to leave it alone. “Next Question” as Drew Rosenhaus would say, McCarron. You have thrown yourself into the middle of all of this with what appears to be nothing less than a condescending jab at Manziel.