SEC: Johnny Manziel Being Unfairly Targeted by the Media?

Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2013

Johnny Manziel has been the victim of media members looking for college football news in the off-season.
Johnny Manziel has been the victim of media members looking for college football news in the off-season.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Another Monday morning, another "blockbuster" Johnny Manziel story that is supposed to be stunning us to the core and having us question his character.


The latest incident involves Manziel being kicked out of a University of Texas fraternity party. A video accompanies the incident, which is supposed to support the idea that Manziel is just out of control. He leaves the party without incident and does so while wearing a shirt soaked from people throwing cups at him, many of them screaming expletives.

What isn't talked about is what Manziel did not do. He didn't engage the other party-goers on the same level. He didn't throw anything, he didn't cuss, he simply left the shenanigans without so much as glancing at his rear-view mirror.

And this shows him being out of control how?

For those of you who are going to say, "Well as a representative of Texas A&M, he shouldn't be putting himself in bad situations," to you I say that the man is entitled to enjoy his life. Anyone who represents a particular group does so at all times, and I'm aware of that. But he's not a corporate president, he's not a charity chairman and he doesn't have a conduct panel that he must adhere to; he has a football coach that sets the guidelines as far as what is expected.

If we were all to have people with camera phones rolling on us at every moment, it would be easy to find a reason showing how we didn't represent our employer or group well.

Are we really seeing a representative of Texas A&M that is just acting too cool for the rules, or are we seeing a guy who is getting targeted by media members who are trying desperately not to end up in manufacturing jobs?

The real tragedy here is that the people who are mad that a 20-year-old Heisman Trophy winning football player was at a party surrounded by alcohol are only griping about it because they want to have an opinion about Manziel. Why isn't the discussion instead about the problem on college campuses, especially frat houses, and various Universities turning a blind eye to the fact that young people are being indoctrinated into becoming alcoholics?

Johnny "Football" Manziel is a Heisman Trophy winner, and he is a representative of Texas A&M; not because he applied for that position, but because the public put him there. The media didn't make him a star either—he did that with his play on the field.

But now people are willing to use his name and image to make a name for themselves by dragging him through the dirt. I'm going to imagine that when Texas A&M football resumes in just over a month from now, the critics will be too busy talking about how great he is again.

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