The story that simply will not go away features yet another twist. At first, rumors flew that reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy for missing morning meetings with a hangover. Manziel’s camp then stated that he was exhausted and sick.
A few days later, Johnny Football was finally afforded an opportunity to share his side of the story. During an SEC Media Days interview with ESPN’s Joe Tessitore, Manziel admitted to oversleeping and missing meetings, but he vehemently denied being hungover.
Now, Rumors and Rants, which initially broke the story, has dug up some potentially new details on Manziel’s escapades in Louisiana. Manziel, in fact, may never have even gone back to his dorm after partying in Nola in the first place.
From the new Rumors and Rants report:
Basically it boils down to this: Manziel apparently lied to his own mother about his reason for missing camp meetings on Saturday morning, misled the media on SEC Media Day and threw Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron under the bus by forcing him to answer questions about why he didn’t wake Manziel up on Saturday morning. What McCarron had to avoid saying was the truth: he couldn’t wake Manziel up, because Manziel wasn’t in their room.
No one knows for sure where Manziel slept on Friday night, and the exact location is probably none of our damn business. But we do know it wasn’t at a Nicholls State dorm with roomie McCarron. It was reported to Archie Manning that Johnny Football was last seen somewhere on Bourbon Street in New Orleans at around 4 a.m. (The Nicholls campus is about an hour drive from New Orleans).
This was Johnny’s first mistake. Not necessarily going to New Orleans, but lying about it to Archie, who had already been informed by a friend that Manziel was out on Bourbon. Basically Manning gave Manziel the chance to explain himself the next day when Archie already knew full well what had happened and where he was — classic parent move! — but Manziel chose not to tell the truth.
Alabama starter and two-time national champion AJ McCarron took some heat because most believed he should have woken Manziel up in time.
However, if these new details prove true, McCarron gets credit for not ratting on his A&M rival, but rather trying to help keep Manziel’s reputation from sinking lower in the eyes of some.
As for Mr. Football himself, we really can’t fault a guy for partying. At only 20 years and having already reached superstardom, turning down the luxuries that come with it is not something many of us would do.
But there’s a time and a place. He could have waited an extra day or two and no one would have been the wiser. Instead, we’re all still writing and talking about his actions and what is increasingly being seen as immaturity.