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Does Johnny Manziel Deserve All The Criticism He’s Receiving Right Now?

Submitted by on July 18, 2013 – 9:49 am3 Comments

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has had a pretty rough offseason. Although he won the Heisman Trophy back in December, making him one of the most celebrated freshman college football players of all time, Manziel’s offseason has included one misstep after another. He’s caught flack for doing everything from sitting courtside at a Miami Heat game to partying with his friends at bars and nightclubs. And most recently, Manziel was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana after he missed a morning meeting on Saturday. Early media reports said that he got the boot because he was hungover when he showed up for the camp. But Manziel later said that he simply overslept on Saturday, which caused him to show up late for the meeting. But either way, one thing is clear: Manziel is having a rough offseason because of things that’s he done away from the football field.

As a result of it, Manziel has been one of the most criticized athletes of the year so far. But does he deserve all of the criticism that he’s received? More specifically, should the media get off his back and let him live instead of seemingly chastising him for every single thing that he does? I would argue that they should cut him a break.

Why, you ask? Well, for starters, he’s only 20. So like most 20 year olds, Manziel is going to get into his fair share of mischief. He’s going to go out with his friends, he’s going to drink, he’s going to take pictures and put them up on social media sites, and he’s going to do things he regrets. Basically, he’s going to act like a 20-year-old because he is a 20-year-old. I also think the media should give him a break because most of the things he’s criticized for are based on speculation. For instance, no one from the Manning Passing Academy called Manziel out for being hungover. In fact, Archie Manning came out and said that Manziel was not hungover. So we shouldn’t be giving the kid such a hard time for everything that he does wrong, especially when we don’t have all the facts about some of the situations he’s found himself in over the course of the last few months.

That being said, Manziel does need to learn from the mistakes he’s made and start to assume responsibility for some of them. He needs to stop sharing every aspect of his life with everyone on Twitter. He needs to realize that he can control what people say and think about him. And overall, he needs to do a better job of steering clear of controversy. If he can do those things, his life and his public perception will be much, much better than they are now. And if he doesn’t? Things are only going to get worse from here on out and his rough offseason is going to turn into a rough season which will turn into…well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s just hope that Johnny Football gets back to playing football this fall and leaves all the negativity of this offseason in the past.

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