Posted September 10, 2013

Johnny Manziel will not be available to the media the week of Alabama-Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies
Don't expect to hear Johnny Manziel's thoughts on Alabama this week.

Don’t expect to hear Johnny Manziel’s thoughts on the Crimson Tide leading up to Saturday’s game. (Dave Martin/AP)

Considering the precedent, it shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point that Texas A&M will not make quarterback Johnny Manziel available to the media this week. It’s not as though the Aggies are playing a big game or anything … oh, wait.

Manziel is able to speak for himself — his cover stories alone are proof of that — but he continues to be kept him from the media during game week. I’m not sure who the Aggies are more afraid of: reporters or their redshirt sophomore quarterback.  Johnny Football won a Heisman and is the most recognizable player in the nation. His muzzle needs to be taken off.

UPDATE: It appears Manziel was the one requesting not to speak.

This poses a couple of questions: What did Manziel think the media would ask him leading into the Alabama game? And why should his teammates and the coaching staff have to talk about him instead of letting him speak for himself?

While Manziel’s gag order is being presented as for his own good, we’re now in year two of the Aggies’ star being withheld from the media. Manziel’s decision or not, his disappearing act certainly won’t help him in the future — whether that includes the NFL or something else.

Manziel is clearly capable of conversing with reporters, and if he doesn’t talk, writers will find their own storylines to fill in the gaps. That’s a dangerous position to be in, especially for a player who has made headlines all year round.

Honesty and transparency don’t hurt as much as some players think; if anything, they keep misinformed opinions from being founded based purely on speculation.

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12 comments
btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Gotta give the edge to Bama...

They act like they've been 'there' before. A&M acts like they are entitled; much like their QB with the silver spoon lodged in his 'wrecked 'em'.

All I know is this will be one helluva game....

SouthJack
SouthJack

The reason he is not allowed to talk is that Thug "U"  A&M doesn't want him giving Alabama any more ammo to completely pulverize his scrawny a** ! The gaggies know that his mouth will be writing checks that his a** can't cash! Go BAMA - IT'S TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH! 

Robert96
Robert96

He is not a professional athlete and should be given respect by the media. If he does not want to speak publicly or his coach wants the same he has that complete right. He has college classes to attend and pass and in his "spare time", he needs to concentrate on his football game. 

The sports paparazzi needs to LAY OFF!  He is a 20 year old college student.

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

This is a no brainer . . . he should NEVER be allowed in front of the media.  

RCATankerToad
RCATankerToad

Looks like payback on the media and now the media is whining.  Had ESPN properly done their job, instead backed the "Reporting" of reporters you failed to properly investigate a story...they would have had a chance to speak with Johnny Manziel this week.  Lets hear them complain now.

x72
x72

He's too busy picking at his zit face.

ChitownTexan
ChitownTexan

If you listen to Sumlin's press conference a couple of weeks ago you know exactly what this is: punishment to the media who made up their mind on Manziel a long time ago. They continue to use half-truths, unscrupulous "sources" and double-standards to tear down a 20-year old kid all in the name of page clicks.

Sumlin has basically told the media to shove it.

Anyone who's seen Manziel interact with the media knows that he doesn't need any practice. He's polished and polite, but Sumlin knows that no amount of that can change the narrative from what the major "news" outlets decide it will be.

josephfinn
josephfinn

Why is Texas A&M hiding one of their employees?