Everyone and their mother wants in on Johnny Manziel mania, even the Harlem Globetrotters. The famed touring basketball comedy troupe say they have “drafted” the Cleveland Browns quarterback, officially making Manziel a three-sport star (he was also drafted by the San Diego Padres you recall).
All that remains is for a hockey team to draft Manziel, giving him the elusive Grand Slam of getting drafted. It’s not quite as prestigious as the EGOT but it’s not bad.
The Globetrotters’ director of player personnel “Sweet Lou” Dunbar said in a press release (via FTW):
Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. “Johnny Basketball” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Actually Lou, it doesn’t. At all. It’s a terrible, obvious, silly joke. But go ahead, have your laugh. You’re the Globetrotters. You’re the people who still think the bucket-of-confetti gag is hilarious.
In addition to Manziel, the Globetrotters announced that they have also drafted soccer star Landon Donovan. So that makes a nice consolation prize for Landon after he was left off the World Cup team. Or not.
College slam dunk champs Marcus Lewis and Tyler Inman, hulking basketball freak Sim Bhullar and Andrew Wiggins siblings Mitchell and Nick were also ceremonially drafted by the Globetrotters. None are expected to report for camp, or rehearsals, or whatever the Globetrotters have.
Well, the Wiggins guys might show. I mean what else are they going to do? Besides leech off Andrew once he signs his contract.