Johnny Manziel made headlines again on Sunday by tweeting, and everyone from The Dallas Morning News to ESPN reported on the happening. The tweet was deleted, people screen-captured the tweet and, as with most things on the Internet, it will live on forever.
And, as we have seen happen to the quarterback before, Manziel becomes an easy target for something that really should not be that big of a deal.
Manziel's been a lightning rod for debate and the news that he "can't wait to leave College Station" became the latest topic for those willing to discuss. The ominous tweet left enough wiggle room for folks to speculate in nearly every direction. It also left the door open to critics who, as is often the case, happily walked through it.
There is, of course, the "he should not be tweeting" crowd, which sometimes overlaps with the "he needs to focus on football" gang. We also can't forget the "he needs to be a role model" group that is an offshoot of the "he is not representing the university well" tribe.
Being fed up with college or your college town is not a foreign concept. There are kids in school every day who have said the exact same thing. There are athletes at your favorite schools who cannot wait to get out of there. There are players you think have it all that are looking at the calendar counting down the days until they can do something else.
Odds are most people have reached the point where high school, college, graduate school or a job left them fed up to the point where getting out and on to the next thing was a big motivation.
Manziel's outburst was likely not in response to the same issue that led the average person to reach their boiling point, but the point remains the same: We've all been there. And who is to say that Johnny Football's issue was not something that would lead the common folk to the same conclusion?
The issue here is not what he "said," rather, it is what "he" said. "He" of course being Johnny Football, a guy folks have elevated to cult-hero status and are pushing to portray an image crafted from the outside. For some people, that means molding him to fit what they want their hero to be, and for others, it's pushing him to be what they expect a Heisman winner to be.
Johnny Manziel is just a dude. A dude who happens to be good at football.
Sometimes, a dude will get frustrated, whether he can score touchdowns at an astonishing clip or not. Sometimes, a dude's life isn't going perfect for him, despite the outside crowd wishing it was in his position.
If people would just realize that somebody like Manziel is still a human being, perhaps something that should normally blow over would not ignite a firestorm.
Although, for the critics' sake, if you don't build stars up into some sort of deities, how can you tear them down?