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.