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Johnny Manziel Drawing Criticism For Taking Only Online Classes at Texas A&M


Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is receiving some criticism after he told reporters that he is only on campus once a month and that he is taking all of his classes for the semester online.

Texas A&M spokesman Brad Marquardt refused to confirm or deny Manziel’s statement.

Manziel is no stranger to controversy, but the latest criticism seems unfair and unwarranted.

I didn’t think anything of it, and it kind of turned into a little more of a big deal than I thought,” Manziel said, per the Associated Press.

“I know plenty of friends who went down to Mardi Gras to New Orleans and other guys who went to the Super Bowl too. I was down there with other college football guys too, so I don’t know, people like to give me a hard time more than others. There’s college kids doing what I’m doing all around the country. People just think I’m going wild with it, when it’s not like that.”

Manziel is right. People need to cut him some slack.

It seems that no matter what the kid does he is getting criticized. I understand there should be some responsibility that comes with being a Heisman Trophy winner and college football star, but kids should have the opportunity to enjoy themselves.

As for the online classes, that should not be an issue. If Manziel cannot walk around campus without being pulled in every direction for autographs and photo opportunities from his peers, then he should be able to take the classes from the comfort of his own home.

Tags: Football Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Aggies Texas Aggies

  • http://twitter.com/bluenotebacker Sean Jeffries

    He should be taking heat for allowing people to call him Johnny Football. That said, people spend way too much time worrying about what athletes do. It’s a sad commentary on our society.

  • John Holloway

    my daughter took some college online classes like other students. What is the big deal and why is this news worthy. the media is just trying to find something to criticize him for because he is in the spot lite. Lets give all students that take online classes a hard time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bennamiah.craig Bennamiah TheGentleman Craig

    Leave that man alone!!! People forget these student athletes are just kids enjoying life.

  • billy k

    Cam Newton (AKA HEISMAN WINNER, PRO BOWL, PROFESSIONAL) is taking classes in person at Auburn. Johnny Football needs to understand STUDENT ATHLETE, LEADER?

    • balla

      HA……….ur actually saying CAM NEWTON is anything but BOGUS???,,,,,,,Auburn should be embarrassed………….u forgot to say PAID college player/………

    • http://www.facebook.com/markwleddy Mark W. Leddy

      Billy K … Oh, was Cam Newton attending classes on campus the semester after winning the Heisman, playing the role of “Student Athlete, Leader”? No … Cam Newton left Auburn, hired an agent in January, and began training in San Diego with George Whitfield, Jr.

      Let’s not compare these two.

  • IamtheLAW

    You know I’d say he should get a decent bike but it takes an unreal amount of skill to get around that school fast enough to avoid fans. Texas A&M is a huge mixed bag and it has a big love-hate relationship with the students. The more time you can spend away from campus there the more likely you won’t totally get burned out by the experience. 5 years was too much there.