Not only did Johnny Manziel have one of the most electrifying seasons in college football history, but he’s also had one of the most striking and public offseasons as anyone in SEC history, garnering TMZ-like coverage.
Just last week Manziel was in Cabo, Mexico, spit shining his Heisman trophy for all the ladies on spring break, and he’s been the target of tremendous popularity and non-stop coverage over the last three months.
He’s been pictured with James Harden of the Rockets; he’s been scrutinized and questioned for his courtside seats at NBA games; he’s been photographed with sparklers in his mouth for New Years Eve; he’s hung out with Justin Timberlake and Rob Gronkowski. What hasn’t he done?
Many have examined his offseason to no end, causing Johnny Manziel fatigue for several, including myself. I’ve stayed away from Manziel and have been one of his biggest supporters, usually giving him the benefit of a doubt, knowing he’s just a young man on college football’s biggest stage.
But after an incident Saturday involving Manziel and a graduate assistant, it’s a valid question whether or not the success and fame has gone to his head, via The Houston Chronicle.
Following his last of three interceptions, on a short pass into the end zone as he ran into the right sidelines, an exuberant graduate assistant jumped up and down within what appeared to be inches of an irate Manziel. So Manziel shoved him. Players and coaches, who were all gathered along the sidelines, quickly separated the Giddy GA and Manziel before anything escalated.
So, what should we make of this?
Author Brent Zwereman wrote it off as Manziel’s competitive fire burning even in practice, but there are limits as a player and lines you don’t cross, like shoving an assistant coach.
I’ve been a Manziel supporter from the beginning, but is he showing signs the fame and popularity have gone too far? No matter if it was a graduate assistant coach or a volunteer assistant – and as frustrating as any play may be – there is never any good reason to shove a coach out of anger or frustration.
Is it a huge deal? No, but it’s a little concerning to me.
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