Johnny Manziel had a courtside seat to the Miami Heat’s big 110-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Courtside seat prices vary from team to team and game to game, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are high. Very high. So high that, in theory, a freshman in college probably shouldn’t be able to afford them.
When the camera zoomed into Manziel sitting where he was sitting on Thursday night, TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr wondered aloud how he came by his seats. Apparently that caused something of a frenzy on Twitter.
Shortly thereafter Craig Sager appeared on camera and said the following (via The Big Lead)
“We are in a 30 point game, time to clarify what could be a sticky situation. Johnny Manziel’s phone is getting inundated by text messages and tweets from friends and people wondering about a comment made by Steve Kerr about how he got these seats. Well, everything is legit. This is a birthday present that he bought for himself back on December 6th.
"He’s a huge basketball fan. He loves LeBron James, has never seen him in person. So he has a birthday present that he purchased the ticket to come to the game, get the best seats he could possibly buy, and he is here to watch LeBron James, he practiced today in College Station getting ready for the Cotton Bowl, two and a half hour drive, he will be back at practice tomorrow, everything is legit.”
Manziel addressed the issue himself on Twitter:
Bought myself a little birthday present tonight stop hating! #HEATvsMAVS
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) December 21, 2012
Make of this situation what you will.
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