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Updated: Johnny Manziel leaves Manning Academy early; camp denies report of hangover

Johnny Manziel, Archie Manning AP

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is scheduled to appear at SEC Media Days this week. Being the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and current face of the program are reasons enough for Manziel to make the trip to Hoover, but appearing in front of reporters would also give the redshirt sophomore an opportunity to smooth over what’s been a somewhat turbulent, albeit a bit overblown, offseason. In fact, keeping Manziel away from the cameras would only raise more questions about his ability to handle the spotlight.

Besides, being media savvy has never been Manziel’s problem. Staying out of the headlines in the current 24/7 news cycle has been a different story.

Thanks to that inability, Manziel will need to work that charisma again this week.

Per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manziel left the 2013 Manning Passing Academy early after missing assigned meetings and practices due to an illness. Manziel was working as a counselor for the camp, which is now in its 18th year.

An earlier report from Rumors and Rants said that Manziel was booted from the camp after he went out partying Friday night and arrived late and hungover to the camp Saturday. Camp officials have denied that report.

“Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach,” a statement from the camp said. “After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.”

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning also released his own statement.

“I can remember a 20-year-old Eli (Manning) missing a meeting and catching some flak. We always have counselors who leave early. Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here. He had to leave early. I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year,” Manning said.

For what it’s worth, Mark Passwaters of Rivals.com reports “on good authority” that Manziel was not drunk and kicked out of camp.

Manziel nor Texas A&M have commented on the situation, and it’s doubtful Manziel will deviate much from the Mortensen report when he is undoubtedly asked about the Manning Academy this week.

Updated 5:00 p.m. ET: In a text message to Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News, Manziel’s father said his son is at home “resting and recuperating from dehydration,” but would not elaborate on the Manning Academy story. Additionally, Texas A&M confirmed Manziel will still be present for SEC Media Days this week.

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30 Responses to “Updated: Johnny Manziel leaves Manning Academy early; camp denies report of hangover”
  1. bryan101d says: Jul 14, 2013 2:53 PM

    Wait, he goes home early because of an Illness right? Then why was he in College Station that night partying? A&M has one hell of a PR department to get this one sweeped under the rug

  2. indywvu says: Jul 14, 2013 3:04 PM

    I just love how naive it seems that most are that don’t think this pattern he’s establishing (and losses to the NFL) will affect A&M.

    People think they will be top 5 and I’m finding it hard to believe they will be top15 and a stretch to be top 20.

    Their saving grace may be that they can lose five games and people will still have them well into the top 25.

  3. 13datsyuk13 says: Jul 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    I can’t wait for this guy to be gone next year.

  4. greenwhodat26 says: Jul 14, 2013 3:28 PM

    Johnny Tool.

  5. cuckflemson says: Jul 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    Looks like AD Eric Hymen brought Garcia with him when he left Scar.

  6. bertenheim says: Jul 14, 2013 3:57 PM

    He’s the Justin Bieber of college football. Too much, too soon, too stupid, too spoiled.

    Side note: A&M will win ten games. The schedule guarantees it.

  7. bigdaddy66 says: Jul 14, 2013 4:34 PM

    Tim Tebow 2?

  8. mauldawg says: Jul 14, 2013 4:45 PM

    Johnny Manziel What a POS. Little crybaby thinks he is a man. He is nothing but a spoiled little boy. He will be in jail before he is in the NFL. Sorry little punk I will.be watching every game I can just to see him get owned by a real football player. He needs to get his bell rung time after time.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    Each and everyone of you would take him on your team if you could.

  10. dcroz says: Jul 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    bigdaddy66 says:

    Tim Tebow 2?
    —————————————-

    More like Todd Marinovich 2.

  11. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 14, 2013 4:55 PM

    Marinovich never sniffed a Heisman.

  12. dcroz says: Jul 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Maybe daddy, TAMU, and the Manning Academy can explain this away:

    http://fansided.com/2013/07/14/johnny-manziel-partied-in-college-station-after-booted-from-manning-camp/

  13. modhairken says: Jul 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    He won the Heisman by default. Nick Saban will have his team ready this year.

    Manziel has no manners. A lot of people were counting on him and he chose to get sloppy drunk, oversleep and show up hungover. Great example of a player for camp attendees.

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    It’s not like he shot 3 people or has an imaginary girlfriend. Dude is shagging more pussy than Bill Clinton ever dreamed about.

  15. barkleyblows says: Jul 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    So much for having a brain. Fits right in with that SECheat mentality.

  16. chrisnyg says: Jul 14, 2013 8:51 PM

    This guys is the second coming of Ryan Leaf in the NFL

  17. barbeaux says: Jul 14, 2013 9:07 PM

    Trolls

  18. barbeaux says: Jul 14, 2013 9:13 PM

    Why no stories about the fundraiser he did for the kid with cancer that raised thousands and thousands of dollars? People have control issues.

  19. dg0122 says: Jul 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    its not technically a hangover if you are still drinking

  20. bralinshan says: Jul 15, 2013 9:03 AM

    This kid is melting down faster than a popsicle in the August sunshine…

    Two things reveal the foundation of your character in short order; Money and Fame. Johnny Football, not with money yet, seems like his meteoric rise and fame last season has exposed his current character and it’s not good.

    If I were an A&M fan, those high expectations should be somewhat tempered, because your highly important QB is not exactly focused.

    And if I were an NFL GM, I’d be highly skeptical about Manziel’s emotional maturity…if handed a huge paycheck.

  21. spankygreen says: Jul 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    Great job Manning, covering up for a guy that has some character issues…….We’ll see soon enough the issues that are being swept under the rug for this guy in an attempt to paint a rosy picture that does not exist with this IMO, overhyped young football player…..

  22. mogogo1 says: Jul 15, 2013 10:52 AM

    barbeaux says:

    Why no stories about the fundraiser he did for the kid with cancer that raised thousands and thousands of dollars? People have control issues.
    ______________

    Well, you heard about the fundraiser somehow, so obviously there were also stories on that. But jus because he showed up on time for a fundraiser doesn’t mean it’s not newsworthy when he bails on a major camp, then lies about being sick while he’s boozing it up.

  23. gatorprof says: Jul 15, 2013 12:01 PM

    At this point in the preseason, he only is hurting his future NFL stock, which given his height and slight build, was already shaky. Toss in character issues and he finds himself in round 5.

  24. Deb says: Jul 15, 2013 12:38 PM

    gatorprof said it. The guy is only hurting himself and his future NFL stock. As long as he shows up for the season and plays his best, A&M has no reason to complain. He’s a college kid behaving like a kid–not like Jack the Ripper. Would I be happy with these stories if he were my QB? No. But he’s being irresponsible, not malevolent.

  25. barbeaux says: Jul 15, 2013 1:58 PM

    @magogo1: I meant no stories of that nature in this site. I only saw it on some small blurb on a local Dallas website. Nice try tho. You and the media are reaching though and making assumptions. If the camp people say it was what it was then who are you to assume something different?

  26. barbeaux says: Jul 15, 2013 2:00 PM

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning also released his own statement.

    “I can remember a 20-year-old Eli (Manning) missing a meeting and catching some flak. We always have counselors who leave early. Johnny was great with the campers for the time he was here. He had to leave early. I wish him the best and I want him to come back as a counselor next year,” Manning said.

    Do you honestly think Peyton puts up with bs?

  27. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    if P Manning is cool with it, who am i to say anything..i will say manziel does act a bit snobbish at times, but seems to be a good kid overall..
    sucks, but sometimes this is what happens when youre famous..rumors abound

  28. gatorprof says: Jul 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    Re: “barbeaux says: Jul 15, 2013 2:00 PM: Do you honestly think Peyton puts up with bs?”

    Yes, in fact I believe that Peyton completely understands where Johnny is coming from.

    He is a 20 year old kid who became a star overnight. He is doing stupid, irresponsible stuff like most 20 year olds do from time to time.

    Does anyone else remember when Peyton mooned and then sat on a female trainers head, essentially tea bagging her?

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/2003-11-06-brennan_x.htm

    Peyton learned from his mistakes and ***hopefully*** Johnny will too.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Like I said on the PFT post, he’s obviously not mature enough to handle all the balls being thrown in his court.

    I do think that A&M needs to seriously look at applying some discipline. It may suck, but he can’t keep this up with no consequences.

    Now as @Deb and @gatorprof have so eloquently pointed out…. he’s only hurting himself here… He may be having fun now, but he’s costing himself millions of dollars… While I don’t think he’s ANYTHING like Aaron Hernandez, Hernandez’s case is going to have NFL GMs looking much harder at character issues.

  30. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 16, 2013 7:13 PM

    This guys credibilty and 15 min of fame evaporating fatser than his hairline.

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