Johnny Manziel was late to show up at the Cleveland Browns facility to receive treatment on his injured hamstring and was subsequently fined, but New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills came to the defense of the rookie quarterback.
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Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback had his first season in the NFL end prematurely after he injured his hamstring in the first half last Sunday and his teammate Karlos Dansby went so far as to say the former Heisman winner and first round pick wasted his rookie year.
Manziel entered the NFL with the spotlight locked on the player with a penchant for the night life and propensity to attract the wrong kind of attention.
He famously drew attention to himself after winning the Heisman in 2012 when he was booted from the Manning Passing Academy after he overslept after he was rumored to have been partying the night before.
Manziel’s tardiness has followed him to the NFL, but for some reason New Orleans receiver Kenny Stills felt compelled to step up for Manziel and write it off as something that happens all the time, in the NFL and in the ‘real world.’
Sure, people are late to their jobs at times and stuff does happen, but those people are reprimanded in some way shape or form for failing to show up when they’re expected to show up.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman shares the opinion of myself and I would assume the overwhelming majority of the public who find it “pretty interesting” that so many people — even an NFL player — are so quick to come up with excuses for Manziel.
Manziel appeared in four games, making two starts, and finished his rookie year with 175 yards passing and two touchdowns on 18-of-35 passing, a 51.4 completion percentage and a 42 quarterback rating. The former dual-threat college star ran nine times for 29 yards and one touchdown with a fumble.
Wonder if Stills will say that stuff happens everywhere, all the time.
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