Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin issued a public plea to his former QB, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Speaking on the Paul Finebaum show, Sumlin sighed and said:
“We’ve reached out to him and I haven’t gotten a response yet,” Sumlin told the radio program. “What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe. That has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life.
“That was my message to him (at the wedding). That’s the only thing we really care about right now. Where he is as a person is more important than football or anything like that.”
Johnny Football was indicted on a misdemeanor count of assaulting his girlfriend, a serious allegation whether it’s misdemeanor or not. Raising a fist and committing violence against a woman shows signs of someone who is out of control.
This begs the question: When was he ever in control? He comes from money and privilege, possesses a skill that was rare for teenagers (but less so for grown men), and got a free pass until he left the protective bubble of College Station.
Now he’s a man and being treated like one. Cut from NFL rosters because his “skills” weren’t so special after all. Dropped by agents because he was unmanageable. Indicted by a grand jury because he couldn’t exercise a modicum of self-control.
What does that sound like to you?
In the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program, you start the First Step with this:
“We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Nail, meet hammer. Johmmy football sounds like Johnny Barleycorn. With every passing episode.