Over the past couple of years, more than a handful of college football coaches have taken to banning players from Twitter in an attempt to keep them from tripping over their own keystrokes and portraying the university in a “negative light.”
After several months of ever-increasing notoriety, the most recognizable name in the game has decided to slap himself with a similar social media limitation.
Reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel explained to ESPN.com‘s Mark Schlabach Tuesday that, as of Monday, he has gone on a self-imposed sabbatical from Twitter (JManziel2). For how long remains to be seen as Manziel explained that the social media service is “fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points.”
Manziel, who has over 330,000 followers as of this posting, added that he “thought [the attention] would die off and slow down a little bit, but it really hasn’t.”
No, it hasn’t. If anything, it’s gotten worse of late for the Texas A&M quarterback.
Since winning the Heisman last December, Manziel’s name has been in the news on a seemingly weekly basis. The sudden explosion of fame and attention prompted A&M’s athletic director to have a sit-down with the player and his parents in January regarding the “tremendous responsibility” of being a Heisman winner.
The hits, though, kept on coming. For example, and for whatever reason, an imbroglio erupted in mid-March after photographs surfaced of Manziel sporting a Texas Longhorn “tattoo” — it was a temporary tat — while on spring break in Cabo.
“It was just a fun deal,” Manziel said of tat-gate. “Somebody dared me to do it, and we thought it would be funny.”
Just this week, Manziel found himself at the center of another “controversy” as he got into a heated “discussion” with an A&M grad assistant when the latter got a little too in-your-face exuberant after the former tossed the third of three interceptions during a scrimmage over the weekend. Head coach Kevin Sumlin subsequently downplayed the incident, although that did little to slow down even more negative press.
Add it all up, and it equals Manziel taking what may or may not be a temporary vacation from Twitter. That, though, could bode well for the player securing another couple of Heismans, right Mike Stoops?
Provided he stays out of jail or remains eligible, of course.