Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has captured college football's attention after an epic 2012 season. However, it appears that not everyone is on board with his celebrity status.
According to a report by Chris Huston of CBS Sports, Manziel is making more off-field headlines this weekend after receiving a speeding ticket in Ennis, Texas. The judge who handled the ticket had a less-than-cordial response to finding out the news, going so far as to post a message on his Facebook account to condemn the 2012 Heisman winner.
After finding out the judge graduated from Baylor, maybe it isn't so surprising that the message was somewhat taunting in nature.
Here's what Judge Lee Johnson, the judge who saw the ticket come in, posted on his Facebook page (h/t @fieldhousemedia) in response to the infraction:
Too funny. So it seems a certain unnamed (very) recent Heisman Trophy winner from a certain unnamed 'college' down south of here got a gift from the Ennis P.D. while he was speeding on the 287 bypass yesterday. It appears that even though the OU defense couldn't stop him, the City of Ennis P.D. is a different story altogether. Time to grow up/slow down young 'un. You got your whole life/career ahead of you. Gig Em indeed.
He then corrected himself, offering no remorse for the original comment: "I mean to say 'allegedly speeding,' my bad."
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton has since apologized for the comments, and the city has reprimanded Johnson in the wake of his post.
It's clear that Johnson used his post without objectivity in regard to Manziel's speeding ticket. Baylor and Texas A&M continue to verbally spat after the Bears tried to block the Aggies' move to the SEC last September, and Johnson apparently forgot he was a judge at the time of the post.
Still, Manziel continues to draw outside stares for stories not football-related. Following his team's 41-13 win over Oklahoma, he ran wild in downtown Dallas—to the tune of a pair of TMZ photos seemingly showing him participating in underage drinking.
It was reported that Manziel had a talk with A&M brass about responsibility and professionalism now that he's such a high-profile athlete, but Fox Sports is now reporting that Manziel didn't have such a talk with anyone.
Heck, the 20-year-old admitted that he's trying to have a good time in the Fox report: "I'm having a good time with the free time that I do have in my life," he said.
So, for now, Johnny Football will continue to live it up.
Not even the judicial system—impartial or not—will stop Manziel from basking in the glow of his incredible freshman season at Texas A&M.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.
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