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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  • Jake^ Lewi5

    Aint no way thats what he said, it didnt fit his body or hand movement at all… and the rice player was bout to walk up in his face… the refs heard what he said thats y they threw the flag… They prob. paid the rich player to say that smh lol

    • Travis

      Jake^ Lewi5 ….They didnt flag Johnny on that play. They flagged him after he threw a touchdown to Evans and Johnny had to remind the two clueless rice defenders they were getting their asses kicked. Quite possibly the stupidest comment I have read coming from all you people that think you have the right to judge and speculate about Johnny Football.

      • DaleC

        Right to judge? How about this… He is a great athlete. He is, also, a punk kid who needs to grow up. Perhaps his “example” is the reason so many players are suspended?

  • UA Alumni 2012

    How much did Jonny pay him for that tweet?

  • CommonSense

    the author made it seem like this was on the play that Johnny got flagged. It wasn’t. It was one of the first few plays of the game when Johnny got a decent hit on him. The next play he threw a TD to Evans. Glad to see the kid from Rice come out and stick up for him.