Johnny Manziel surprised anybody cares he went to Las Vegas
Johnny Manziel spent Memorial Day in Las Vegas. Somehow, this became a story even though Manziel is single, young, rich and famous.
He also had no work-related obligations with his new employer, the Cleveland Browns, which explains why coach Mike Pettine, when informed by this rookie quarterback that he was headed to Vegas, responded, "Have fun."
When the media brought up Manziel to Pettine later, the coach added: "He did nothing illegal. It's the price tag for the reputation he has."
Which, again, is that of a single, young, rich and famous football player.
Right. Because it's so much easier to cope with all the losing that comes with being a Browns fan when you're a sanctimonious teetotaler. We're half-joking but blowing off steam and having fun transcends socio-economic status. Pretty sure blue- and white-collar folks can agree on this.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Manziel has had to answer questions about spending a holiday weekend in Sin City. And like most sane people, he's confused by the reaction.
"I don't live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me,'' he said Wednesday, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I'm going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game, committed to what I need to be doing here and trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches, with this organization.
"If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn't hinder what my main goals in life are then I don't really care what anybody has to say.''
And the reality is that as long as Manziel does his job on the field -- and the Browns are winning -- nobody cares what he does away from the facility. But in an age where everything is scrutinzed, usually via social media, Manziel knows that the spotlight will always be on him.
"I've learned to accept that for awhile now,'' he said. "I knew that a picture was going to be taken of me and somebody was going to see me whether it was going back home or going to anywhere or staying here. Maybe it would've been less of a story somewhere else but still, but I knew going into it that I can't go anywhere without people knowing that I'm there, or tweeting or doing whatever that I'm there, so I'm used to it now. Fair or unfair or whatever it may be, that's my life.''
But hey, maybe Johnny Football isn't quite yet ready for the big time:
MW on Manziel: "You can't be a baller if you're in the middle seat in coach. This should embarrass all of Cleveland." pic.twitter.com/eLYZ3U2hmj— PTI (@PTI) May 27, 2014
And that tweet led to this fantastic response:
Stupid athlete who flaunted luxury is now stupid for flying economy, per highly compensated former journalist. https://t.co/fpPh2Owxnl— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) May 28, 2014
The upside to all this: People are actually talking about the Browns in May. So there's that.
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