Aug 31, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

Rice linebacker defends Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel made his 2013 debut on Saturday afternoon in the second-half of the team’s game against the Rice Owls. While Manziel threw for a touchdown on his first completion of the game, the performance was overshadowed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting and his “show me the money” celebration after each score.

After Manziel was flagged for taunting, head coach Kevin Sumlin pulled the reigning Heisman winner from the game.

The player who Manziel was allegedly “taunting” spoke out on Twitter to let everyone know Manziel was not being unsportsmanlike.

From Rice linebacker Nick Elder:

Manziel has been criticized for his immaturity and it showed once again on Saturday afternoon on many occasions, but it looks like the moment that drew the flag was one of his most reserved moments of the game.

Manziel will now rest up and prepare for the team’s next game before the Aggies turn their attention to Alabama in Week 3.

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