Charles Barkley: Johnny Manziel could make me root for Alabama

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeCharles Barkley spent four seasons playing college basketball at Auburn. During that time, he developed a hatred for Alabama like any other loyal Auburn student would. However, he may be willing to cast that hatred aside if it means seeing Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M lose on Saturday.

During an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy on Wednesday, Barkley said Manziel’s antics over the past several months have made the star quarterback impossible to root for — even when he is facing the Crimson Tide.

“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible,” Barkley said, per AL.com’s Mark Heim. “He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend. I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’ Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.'”

Coming from a guy who tends to cross the line when ragging on Alabama, that says a lot. Manziel has become incredibly easy to hate, and it’s not just because he is a Heisman Trophy winner who has dominated college football. People are also annoyed at the fact that he acted like a jackass after being suspended for a half against Rice. Others think it’s ridiculous that he has a Drake ‘OVO’ tattoo on his wrist.

“(Auburn Nation is) not going to be happy,” Barkley added. “But let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus. I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”

That he has, Chuck. That he has. Manziel is under a brighter spotlight than most 20-year-olds, but he does very little to deflect the attention. As long as he continues to back it up, there won’t be much anyone can say.

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  • Sheeple Power

    I think Manziel is awesome because he reminds me of this rebellious basketball player I used to watch as a kid named Charles Barkley. Whether or not you like these guys, they are who they are…and that’s what makes them interesting. Manziel is barely 20 years old and he went from obscurity to Heisman in one season. Heck he won the starting job a few weeks before his first collegiate game. I get it if you don’t like Manziel. What I don’t get is all of these people caring about what he does when he’s off the field. Who cares if he has a tattoo most people don’t understand? Who cares where he goes and who he hangs out with? Since when did representing the Heisman be on par with representing Miss America? People have gotten soft…or bored or something.