Former Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore is preparing for his first NFL season and going through the rigors of being a rookie in training camp. That doesn’t mean Moore has forgotten all about the Lone Star State, even if he denounced his favorite team the Dallas Cowboys. Moore was being interviewed with NFL AM on Tuesday when he was asked about his former teammate Johnny Manziel.
Moore defended Manziel.
“Once your name is in the limelight and you’re in the spotlight, you’re under a bigger microscope,” Moore said, via CBS Sports. “At the same token, things are being blown out of proportion just a little bit. Johnny is a great guy, he is a great leader, he’s real down to earth.”
Amongst the other less serious college antics he has found himself surrounded in during the offseason, Manziel is facing serious accusations that could potentially end his 2013 season before it starts. A report says he took money in return for signing memorobilia.
Moore paints a different picture of Manziel, who was featured on the cover of Texas Monthly as a super hero.
“He was always hanging out with us,” Moore said. “He was just like a little brother. he’s a really good kid, so I think things are being blown out of proportion just a little bit. At the end of the day, I feel like he’s just going to get back to playing football.
“Things will take care of themselves. He didn’t do anything wrong, and he was a class guy, when I was around him.”