Last week I saw that Mike Greenberg of ESPN’s morning radio show Mike & Mike tweet a pic of Johnny Manziel with Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Tyrese
I have no idea why Greenberg tweeted the pic as I was not listening to Mike & Mike at the time. I have no idea if Greenberg was criticizing Manziel for his partying ways, but I am going to take a wild guess and say he was. It has become very fashionable these days for former players and commentators to take shots at Manziel and his activities off the field.
Over the past couple of weeks Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Brady Quinn and Akili Smith…. Yes, even Akili Smith whose career is the epitome of failure has something to say about Manziel’s partying ways.
In response to all the criticism Manziel said the following:
“I’m not going to change who I am for anybody. I’m growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again, but am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything?
“I’m very committed to football. I’m committed to my job, but on the weekends, I’m going to enjoy my time off. We deserve it. We work hard here. I am going to enjoy my time off. I’m very about football and very about my job, which doesn’t get reported or won’t get reported, but I am going to enjoy my time off.
“That’s I think what everybody else does and that’s what I should do.
This past 4th of July Manziel stayed true to the above statement and partied in Vegas. And once again a possibly compromising pic surfaced
There has been plenty of speculation of what Manziel was doing or about to do, and once again his partying became a topic of discussion.
While the critics suggest that Manziel should “tone it down”, the reality is that outside of Manziel becoming a shut-in he will always be a photo-op. When Manziel goes to Starbucks or grocery shopping someone will have a camera/camera-phone. Manziel’s critics have to be realistic in their criticism. The only person who seems to understand that, is Charles Barkley
“Listen, he’s got to watch himself, man, because everybody’s out to get you now. Every nitwit has a cellphone,”
“But you should never take selfies of yourself doing anything that can be considered stupid. And that’s probably the only problem I have with Johnny Manziel. Most of his pictures are selfies, and that tells me he’s just too immature to handle this fame thing right now.”
Barkley noted that he doesn’t allow his friends to take pictures when they go out and that he has people “watching everybody around me in case something happens.”
Barkley hits it right on the head, while I believe there is something inherently wrong when creepy folks are spending their time trying to catch Manziel in act of doing something. Manziel has to at least be lil more aware of his situation and strike a balance of gettin it in and being a football player!
Anyone that knows me knows that I work hard and party hard, but not everyone can do that. And for all we know right now Manziel is that type of person. Lets see him play a down before we judge what he should or should not do in his free time?
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!