I love Aggie football. I love talking about it, reading about it, and watching it. But quite frankly, I’m Johnny Football’d out. I don’t care where Johnny partied last night, and I don’t care what photos he’s put on Instagram. All I care about is him staying on the football field and performing. That’s it.
However, you can’t help but notice the media’s love-hate relationship with Manziel. You turn on ESPN, and they’re talking about Johnny; you glance at the newspaper, and they’re talking about Johnny. We, “the media”, are like sharks in the water, and Manziel’s jumping in with prime rib underwear.
The only thing people enjoy more than building someone up is tearing someone down. So much of Manziel’s life has been poked and prodded that he’s black and blue all over, and these latest allegations may do him in.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, ESPN reported on Sunday that Manziel accepted $7,500 in exchange for some autographs he signed back in January, some serious allegations given the kind of sources being used. An east coast autograph broker who wanted to SELL a video incriminating Manziel ought to show what kind of people we’re dealing with here; folks who will do anything to earn a buck, even if it means lying about an athlete and potentially ruining their career.
Granted, it’s not as if Manziel’s innocent in all of this. Sending out pictures and tweets only brings more attention yourself, and if he really wants to be left alone, he’ll put that stuff down. That won’t solve all his problems, but that sure will help.
Again, as long as Johnny’s on the field, I’m okay. The journalist in me wants to find out more, but seeing as how I’m on the outside looking in on this investigation, there’s not much I can do. The Aggie in me just hopes Manziel kept all his stuff together on this one. He’s a young guy who’s made some mistakes, but I have a hard time believing he would sign autographs in exchange for money. When the spot light’s shining that brightly on you, you don’t look up and flip it the bird. Hopefully, we can find the answer to all these questions before football season starts, because I’ll have better things to do with my time than speculate.
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