The ‘offseason of Johnny Football’ continued this week when ESPN writer Wright Thompson published an incredible article detailing Manziel’s relationship with his parents, his alcohol issues and how he’s having trouble handling his newfound fame.
Many have criticized Johnny’s father, Paul Manziel, for speaking so openly about his son’s numerous issues. Below are some of the passages from the piece in which he was extremely candid.
Paul Manziel on why he doesn’t like playing golf with Johnny, who’s got a temper: “…he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he’s wrong — and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who’s gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn’t gonna do it.”
After his arrest, Johnny’s parents and (Texas A&M head coach Kevin) Sumlin mandated he visit an alcohol counselor; Johnny saw him six or seven weeks during the season. About the only place they still see the real him is on the football field.
“Yeah,” Paul says one evening, driving in his car, “it could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”
Now, we’re hearing that Manziel’s father may have hurt his son’s future football-playing career as well. Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 tweeted out a message he got from an NFL scout last night.
just got this from NFL scout “Manziel’s dad might be the dumbest person on earth. He just cost his kid $ & exposed him even worse to world”
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) August 1, 2013
Granted, Manziel (currently) isn’t looked at as a sure-fire NFL star in the first place – he utilizes his legs more than his arm, which is part of the reason he’s been working on his mechanics all offseason. But you have to wonder if the same story that made people sympathize with Johnny Football could also hurt him in the rough, unforgiving business that is professional football.