Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to ever win a Heisman Trophy this past season, but his recent behavior outside of football has some worried he’s starting down a dark path many potentially great quarterbacks have become lost on. One of those people was Ennis, TX Judge Lee Johnson, who condescendingly posted on Facebook about a speeding ticket that came across his desk that happened to be issued to Johnny Football.
The speeding issue was taken care of, the Facebook post went viral, the city has since publicly apologized and Johnson has been officially reprimanded for the incident.
Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton released a statement that apologized for what had happened and stated that speeding is no joking matter on his highways.
“Receiving a traffic ticket is not a humorous matter,” the statement read from Howerton. “Further, it is not the policy of the City of Ennis to indiscriminately publish the identity of traffic ticket recipients or to publicly lecture them.”
According to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Howerton went on to call the remarks by Johnson “insensitive and inappropriate”.
The reason for the controversy surrounds a Facebook post Johnson wrote that many found to be exactly as Howerton described it as. While it’s not an earth shattering event, the post did have a disgustingly cheeky and condescending tone to it, and if it was meant to be humorous (as there’s one really good, albeit troll-ish line in there), it sort of missed the mark.
“It appears that even though the OU (Oklahoma) defense couldn’t stop him, the Ennis PD is a different story altogether,” reads the only chuckle worthy line in the post.
Right after that line, Johnson stopped stroking his beard, erased the smug smirk from his face, sat forward and pointed the bony finger of the law at Manziel. Most of the post was preachy and all of it was unnecessary.
Howerton said that Johnson attempted to apologize to Manziel personally, but there are no reports that ever got around to actually happening.