Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the center of controversy since the team ended their season, but it isn’t because of any serious off the field troubles. Instead, Manziel just has a knack for putting himself in the wrong situations and acting in an immature manner when many expect more out of a person that is supposed to be carrying the responsibility of a leader.
Because of the way Manziel has handled himself in the spotlight, it has created concerns about his ability to be a franchise quarterback in the NFL. If you can’t handle the spotlight now, it is only going to get bigger.
Radio personality Paul Finebaum was recently discussing Manziel’s recent behavior and he pulled out a recent reference to the weekend film Sharknado, that had social media buzzing.
That’s right, Johnny Football, the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy, has been compared to an epic disaster of a film that aired on Syfy.
“I feel like it’s Thursday night again and I’m watching Sharknado,” Finebaum said on SportsCenter, via al.com. “You can’t take your eyes off the screen. It’s a train wreck, but it is very compelling, and it’s also very disturbing for many reasons.”
Finebaum wants us to also remember that we can’t pass this off as Manziel just being a kid. He has had his issues far before being thrown in to the media spotlight. Now, his actions are just being amplified.
“We all were college kids once. I was pretty stupid back then,” Finebaum added. “However, I wasn’t the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and I didn’t have little kids looking up to me. Johnny Manziel has a responsibility, and I think he has blown that responsibility very badly, and the question has become why?
“Whose fault is it? Is it his fault? Of course, you have to take some personal responsibility, even if you’re young. But can you blame Kevin Sumlin or the administration at Texas A&M? Johnny Manziel was a problem child before he started becoming the famous football player.”
If Finebaum thinks that Manziel’s offseason as been a Sharknado-esque disaster, then just wait until he takes to podium on Day 2 of SEC Media Days.
When the media is staring Manziel down with microphones and sound recorders in his face, the pressure will be on for him to not slip up. We will be watching.