With SEC Media Days underway, Johnny Manziel remains a hot topic. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about how he was kicked out of the Manning Passing Academy and was advised by Texas A&M staff to come clean on exactly why he had to leave.
Even though no one knows what actually happened except for Johnny himself, it’s not stopping others from voicing their opinions. First, we showed you Mark May’s hypocritical remarks towards Manziel and now we have another public figure chiming in. Paul Finebaum, who joined the SEC Network back in May, appeared on Sportscenter today, and was quite critical of the Heisman winner:
“I feel like it’s Thursday night again and I’m watching Sharknado,” he said on SportsCenter. “You can’t take your eyes off the screen. It’s a train wreck, but it is very compelling, and it’s also very disturbing for many reasons.”
For those of you who got lost at “Sharknado” — it’s a terrible, low-budget film that made its television premiere on Syfy this week and captivated the nation for its ridiculousness. Moving on…
“We all were college kids once. I was pretty stupid back then,” Finebaum said. “However, I wasn’t the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and I didn’t have little kids looking up to me. Johnny Manziel has a responsibility, and I think he has blown that responsibility very badly, and the question has become why?”
“Whose fault is it? Is it his fault? Of course, you have to take some personal responsibility, even if you’re young. But can you blame Kevin Sumlin or the administration at Texas A&M? Johnny Manziel was a problem child before he started becoming the famous football player.”
Now Manziel will be on the hot seat tomorrow — Johnny will undoubtedly be asked a lot of tough questions. Finebaum thinks that his answers are crucial for the 2013 football season.
“I think there will be some very tough questions. We’ll all be watching across this country how he handles it. If he has answers, if he shows some aplomb, some poignancy, I think he’ll get away with it. But if he fails Wednesday morning, I think this bad year will turn even worse.”
The ball is now in Johnny’s court — he normally does pretty well in that scenario.