Johnny Manziel Apologizes For Camp Dismissal, Admits He Needs To Mature

| by Sylvan Lane
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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel captivated college football fans across the country and confounded opposing offenses en route to an 11-2 record, and a win against the Oklahoma Sooners in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. As freshman, he won the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien Award and figures to make a major impact again his sophomore year. However, he’s got some growing up to do first—even he thinks so.

According to ESPN, “Manziel has apologized to the Aggies' coaching staff and is being advised to be honest about what led to his much-discussed departure this past weekend from the Manning Passing Academy.

“The Heisman Trophy winner did not finish his scheduled stay as a college coach/counselor at the camp at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., because he missed assigned meetings and practice sessions, citing dehydration and illness. He apologized privately to camp officials for being unable to fulfill his commitment.”

Manziel will face a firing squad of up to 1200 reporters at SEC media days Wednesday, where the quarterback will likely be questioned about his offseason escapades and a tweet he made about A&M in which he vented about his desire to leave the school as soon as he could. Privately, he’s conceded that he must mature, according to ESPN.

On Tuesday, Manziel pleaded guilty “to a misdemeanor charge in connection to the June 2012 arrest that nearly derailed his Heisman Trophy-winning redshirt freshman season,” according to USA Today.

“Manziel pleaded guilty to failing to properly identify himself to police after a fight in the Northgate section of College Station, Texas, on June 29, 2012.

“The arrest took place after College station police saw Manziel and another man participating in ‘mutual combat,’ according to police reports. After stopping the fight, police asked Manziel for identification. Manziel showed officers a Louisiana driver license showing a birthday in 1990; police then searched Manziel and found his real license with a birthday in 1992,” according to the report.


Sources: ESPN, USA Today