Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is always in the spotlight and that continued during the offseason after he appeared to be making bad decision after bad decision. While Manziel was in the headlines for his drinking and social media rants, ESPN the Magazine got a sit down with Manziel and his father, Paul.
During the interview, Manziel’s father continuously hinted at inner demons that are haunting his son, including his alcohol consumption and anger issues, which is never a good combination. Interestingly enough, Manziel eventually found himself visiting an alcohol counselor throughout his Heisman winning season.
Wright Thompson of highlighted Manziel’s alcohol abuse and the counseling that he received during his fascinating piece for ESPN.
After his arrest, Johnny’s parents and Sumlin mandated he visit an alcohol counselor; Johnny saw him six or seven weeks during the season. About the only place they still see the real him is on the football field. Mostly what they see is the emotional byproduct of whatever is chewing him up inside.
Manziel’s father was clearly concerned for his son throughout the piece and the fact that Manziel is still out partying, despite the fact that he has needed alcohol counseling in the past. You have to believe that someone should step in and make sure that Manziel gets back on the right path before it all springs out of control.
The good news is that football season starts soon, so Manziel will have less free time to find trouble.
Let’s just hope that the pressure doesn’t mount to be too much.