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Johnny Manziel self-imposes a Twitter ban

Johnny Manziel

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.

Poetically enough, Manziel’s final two tweets, at least for now, involved him shooting down rumors that he had badmouthed Ohio State basketball player Aaron Craft.

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.

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11 Responses to “Johnny Manziel self-imposes a Twitter ban”
  1. be4bama says: Mar 26, 2013 7:40 PM

    Probably a good idea. ROLL JOHNNY ROLL

  2. rabbi187 says: Mar 26, 2013 8:11 PM

    It’s hard to blame Manziel, but this kids head is swelling up quickly. Heard he knocked over a graduate assistant at practice last week. Dude needs to simmer down.

  3. barkleyblows says: Mar 26, 2013 8:14 PM

    Hope this douche blows out both knees.

  4. be4bama says: Mar 26, 2013 8:20 PM

    Geez rabbi you must be a longhorn fan.

  5. be4bama says: Mar 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    So sorry rabbi. Barclay blows that comment was directed at you!!! How old are you, 12?

  6. Deb says: Mar 26, 2013 9:29 PM

    @rabbi187 …

    According to the article I just read in USA Today, after he threw his third INT, the grad assistant working with the defense was jumping up and down like a cheerleader, so Manziel shoved him out of his face. The article didn’t say anything about him knocking the guy down. That kind of stuff goes on between offenses and defenses in NFL training camps all the time. I feel for Manziel that his every move makes headlines. And I especially feel for him that he has maniacs like barkleyblows hoping he blows out his knees while other maniacs give those posts thumbs up. Too many people have no sense of perspective when it comes to sports.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Mar 26, 2013 9:38 PM

    A self-imposed Twitter ban is probably the smartest thing any athlete has ever done. Can you think of any time an athlete was made famous for his great Twitter quote that benefited mankind?

  8. thefiesty1 says: Mar 26, 2013 10:43 PM

    @deb…

    Have you seen their cheerleaders? Even our illustrious governor was an Aggie cheerleader. Those guys are Yell Leaders, not cheerleaders.

    By the way. Good move on his part to dump twitter and just play football.

  9. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 26, 2013 11:11 PM

    If any one has ever coached college ball, grad assistants are a dime a dozen, they want to make their presence known. Sort of like a new puppy round an older dog. All piss and vinegar.

    The grad assistant was coaching the linebackers and made mistake of getting several inches away from Manziel and was jumping up and down in his face. Manziel did the grad assistant a favor in just shoving him away, because both Matthew boys were getting ready to pound the grad assistant into dust.

    Football is played by men and you cannot not have the dictates of metrosexuals try to influence practices. Spring ball is a time for instruction and seeing what hand you have been dealt. If the Grad assistant wants a good letter of recommendation from Sumlin, quit being the hyper coach trying to get everyone to “Look at me!” and teach a position.

    Game still scares the crap out of me.

  10. tgaustin says: Mar 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    Tick-tock, tick -tock, tick-tock….only a matter of time now. Dropping twitter to focus on his “on-line” course schedule. Keep it up John M. Patiently waiting for this one to explode!

  11. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 27, 2013 1:02 PM

    @tgaustin – You do know that the might University of Texas (and also Harvard) offer courses online.

    As for the rest of you who are piling on … your butt hurt is showing.

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