Johnny Manziel loves to party and has gotten himself into plenty of hot water because of it, but he also became the first ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. If Manziel has another great year at Texas A&M, you have to wonder what NFL teams will put more stock into — his playmaking ability or his antics off the field.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, one NFL personnel man who works for a team that is in need of a quarterback called attention to Manziel’s “red flags” outside of football.
“I talked to one personnel guy and he goes, ‘We’re gonna have to do a lot of work on this guy because there are nothing but red flags for him off the field,'” King said, according to NBC Sports.
King explained that the issue for most regarding Manziel being sent home from the Manning Passing Academy is not about whether or not he was drinking. The fact that he missed an important responsibility without giving any valid excuse and without calling is what NFL teams find most concerning.
“I don’t care if he was out getting a tuna fish sandwich,” King said. “It’s a monumental red flag.”
Of course Manziel drinks from time to time. Most 20-year-old college kids do, but there are plenty of them who do so without letting it affect their responsibilities. When Manziel was flashing his cash inside the casino and golfing with the Jonas Brothers, he did so on his own time. Getting dismissed from a prestigious passing camp like the Mannings’ is just plain embarrassing — no matter what the excuse.