If the autograph story doesn’t stick, people will say it’s just another day in Johnny Football’s life.
This is no longer, however, just about the woes of poor, misunderstood Johnny.
This is about the Texas A&M teammates who have to cover for him every time he dodges a press conference. Manziel was originally on the player list for Monday’s media day at Texas A&M before the Sunday story broke.
His name was taken off the list.
Manziel has gone from causing a stir to being a distraction. His actions are starting to bleed into the regular season.
Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said Monday he was unaware of the latest allegations until Sunday evening. Training camp has been thrown into tumult. The school has to decide whether to hold Manziel out of games pending the NCAA outcome.
"We're gonna practice and go ahead as normal and be able to adjust to the facts," Sumlin said.
There is no such thing as "normal" anymore in College Station.
Manziel isn't required to be a role model for the general public or any of us, but he will have to answer to the players and the season he is hanging out to dry in the Texas heat.
As a third-year sophomore, Manziel can opt out for the pros after this season.
It’s a free country, so “Johnny Train Wreck” or “Johnny Hancock” can party all night, or season, long.
If he doesn’t grow up, though, his next best football option might be in Canada.