For the first few months following his Heisman ceremony, Johnny Manziel's offseason made him the most celebrated athlete in sports—people just couldn't get enough of the kid.
Now the spotlight is beginning to take a negative toll on the sophomore quarterback, and ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum says Manziel is become less likeable every day.
"I'm sad to say, I think he's trending towards becoming a punch line," Finebaum said on Tuesday's College Football Live. "I hate to say that because I think all of us are fans of Johnny Manziel. You can't help but be, and you want the best for him, but there have been too many instances from him.
"I've very troubled by it, and I can promise you Kevin Sumlin is more troubled by it than me."
Last week, Manziel took to Twitter to express some unhappiness: "Bulls--- like tonight is a reason why I can't wait to leave college station...whenever it may be."
He then quickly deleted the message and followed up with this: "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes."
"When you say, 'Walk in my shoes' and you're the Heisman Trophy winner and you have the world in front of you, that's unacceptable," said Finebaum. "We're reasonable people here. You can look past a lot of silly things, but I'm having a hard time looking past that.
"Manziel is likeable, but Manziel is becoming less likeable every day."
If Manziel is finally beginning to fold after all the media attention, he has no one to blame but himself. He seemed to go out of his way to make headline after headline the last few months, from taking pictures with money at a casino to making a clip with Dude Perfect to announcing his departure from Twitter (which obviously didn't last long).
My opinion: this is getting a little too Tim-Tebowish for me. Except in Tebow's defense, it's not even his fault.
Manziel has a lot of work to do both on and off the field in order to stop his public view from going the LeBron James route, because that's exactly where he's headed—and fast.