Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of a lot of criticism this offseason because he doesn’t seem to grasp the fact that winning the Heisman Trophy results living under the microscope and being put to a higher standard. Manziel has erratic off-the-field behavior and has been using social media to go back at fans that have called him out.
As a Heisman winner, you have to be better than that.
Manziel may eventually understand that, but for now he is shutting himself off from the outside world as he prepares to focus on the upcoming season. While speaking with Mark Schlabach of ESPN, Manziel said that he has issued himself a Twitter ban and will be stepping away from social media for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve kind of just shut it all off,” Manziel said, via ESPN.com. “With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off. As of [Monday], I said I was done with [Twitter] for however long. It’s fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points.
“I’m surprised to [see] how the attention has continued through the offseason. I guess I thought it would die off and slow down a little bit, but it really hasn’t.”
Whether it be fake tattoos, photos of gambling, sitting courtside, pushing an assistant or using “Yo! Momma” jokes to insult fans, Manziel has to step up his game. Hopefully by focusing on football, Manziel can eliminate all of the outside distractions and give Texas A&M the level of play that they deserve and expect from their Heisman winning quarterback.
The team needs Manziel and he needs to show them that he is more ready to become a real quarterback than follow in the footsteps of other stars that have crumbled under the pressure.
The last thing Texas A&M wants to see is Johnny Football heading towards a Lindsey Lohan meltdown.