It ain’t easy being Johnny Football these days. The first freshman to ever win a Heisman Trophy has been in new’s headlines seemingly every week, in spite of the fact that he hasn’t played a down of football since January.
There has been court side seats at basketball games, parties with rappers, Super Bowl drinking, Duck Dynasty festivities, and — of course — Spring Break shenanigans.
Even worse, Johnny Manziel shot himself in the foot in terms of his personal image by tweeting out or having others tweet photos of his escapades to his personal Twitter account.
Thus, Manziel himself told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach that the young man has self-imposed a ban from the social media site after sending more than 3,000 tweets and with more than 330,000 people following him.
“I’ve kind of just shut it all off,” Manziel said. “With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off. As of [Monday], I said I was done with [Twitter] for however long. It’s fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points.”
Now, Manziel’s more than 330,000 Twitter followers will have to find other ways to keep up with what’s going on in his life.
“I’m surprised to [see] how the attention has continued through the offseason,” Manziel said. “I guess I thought it would die off and slow down a little bit, but it really hasn’t.”
No, it hasn’t died down. In fact, most sports blogs keep themselves on Manziel’s account all day, hoping to break a story regarding something foolish the still-learning young superstar has done. Most recently, that involved wearing a temporary Longhorns tattoo on his torso as a joke.
Obviously, the 12th Man was not amused.
“It was just a fun deal,” Manziel said. “Somebody dared me to do it, and we thought it would be funny.”
His school does not think it was funny, his fans don’t and, presumably, neither does his coaching staff.
Now, at the very least, if Manziel gets himself into some funky situations (which is perfectly reasonable for a 20-year old to do) the entire sports world will not be finding out about it.
Unless, of course, it happens on the field — where Manziel should be worried about increasing his fame.