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BY CHARLES MCKEAGUE
With the dog days of summer settled on the sports world — no NFL, no NBA, no NHL — sportswriters have been all over Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
“My wife Chris texts in, from a mom’s side of it, she flat out said, ‘If I was Manziel’s mom I would pummel him.’" (Via ESPN)
Manziel was reportedly sent home early from Peyton Manning’s football academy by Manning’s father Archie Manning for an undisclosed reason. Manziel’s father says his son left due to dehydration.
But, Rumors and Rants says Manziel had to leave because he showed up late, missed meetings, and was hungover from partying the night before.
And he was photographed out at a bar Thursday night with Alabama’s starting QB AJ McCarron. (Via The Birmingham News)
“There were sure plenty of pictures of him out on the party circuit before and after leaving the camp. (Via KDFW)
While the critics continue to pile on — plenty of others are out there are defending the gifted 20-year old. Camp officials are denying reports of Manziel being hungover. And Charles Davis, told the NFL Network a different story about Manziel at Manning’s camp.
“I’ve got to tell you guys very impressive work done by him. Interacted with the kids. Coached the kids. The effort that he gave…. Running pass patterns with them. Engaged with each and every kid. I thought it was extremely positive.” (Via NFL Network)
Peyton Manning told ESPN, “We always have counselors who leave early. Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here. He had to leave early. I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year.”
All of this coming almost simultaneously as he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight last year. If you listen to the critics, Manziel has been acting immature the entire offseason.
He’s been criticized for: inappropriate tweets, flashing money after a night at a casino, partying with celebrities, and shoving a graduate assistant. (Via Fifth Quarter)
But, others say he’s just dealing with newfound fame and give the guy a break.
“I think what you have here is a guy who is still struggling, at times, with dealing with his celebrity. He’s a big deal. … And it’s all happened within a year for him and he’s just kind of blown up.” (Via CBS Sports)
Manziel apologized to A&M body of workers following his departure from the Manning Academy. On Wednesday he’s anticipated to face a firestorm of criticism all through the SEC Media Days. Manziel will likely be on the rostrum at 9:30 am ET.