Johnny Manziel speaks out about the spotlight and recent scrutiny

The Johnny Football slander continues, thanks to hypocrites like Mark May

7/17/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

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I've already addressed the issue of people over-scrutinizing Johnny Manziel, but things are truly getting out of hand.

One of the latest folks to criticize the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is ESPN "analyst" Mark May.


So Manziel is bringing shame to the game... how, exactly?

In a sport where players constantly face criticism for everything from tattoos to jobs at used car lots, Johnny Manziel is being criticized for... well, acting like a 20-year-old college sophomore.

On the field, he does everything he's supposed to do. His parents happen to have a little money, so he isn't involved in any potential scandal involving taking money from boosters. As far as we know, he hasn't had any real run-ins with the law.

Let's compare that to May, who was a star offensive lineman for Pitt in his college days. OH WAIT...

Blog Photo - Johnny Manziel speaks out about the spotlight and recent scrutiny

So Mark May, who is saying that Johnny Manziel is bringing shame to the game by being excused a day early from the Manning QB camp, was arrested during HIS sophomore year for terroristic threats and inciting a riot, among other things.

Let's not forget that once May got to the NFL, he continued to bring shame on the game, being arrested for drunk driving not once, but TWICE as a professional. The second came at 30 years old.

It might be time for people like Mark May to get off their high horse and take a look in the mirror. Sure, Manziel isn't perfect. But if you're perfect, go ahead and throw the first stone. Until then, just let the kid do his thing.
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7/18/13   |   Scott   |   51919 respect

While I do think it looks bad for Manziel to be asked to leave something so prestigious as the Manning camp, the guy is a 20 year old college kid who has found himself the center of attention ever since he won the Heisman trophy.  Who among us wouldn't be tempted to partake in some of the things he's done since winning?  The only reason this is an issue is because there are some football media who still consider the Heisman trophy as the holy grail of collegiate awards.  That lost it's luster when the whole Reggie Bush thing went down.  To me, the Heisman trophy is no different then the Hoby Baker award for top college hockey player.  Nice to be recognized but it certainly doesn't guarantee anything at the next level

7/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
I'm not quite sure why people are making such a big deal out of this whole thing right now. The kid is 20 years old. He could be doing MUCH worse things than partying, as recent events around the off-season have shown. I wish the season would just start up so people could focus their energies on something other than things like chastising a kid for being a kid.

Welcome to most of the football press: overly paternalistic and judgmental of any football player that isn't all football, 100% of the time.

7/17/13   |   Jess   |   34368 respect

I'm not quite sure why people are making such a big deal out of this whole thing right now. The kid is 20 years old. He could be doing MUCH worse things than partying, as recent events around the off-season have shown. I wish the season would just start up so people could focus their energies on something other than things like chastising a kid for being a kid.

7/17/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

he is good on the field though