Johnny Manziel has been in the NFL for only two years and at 23 has already picked up quite the reputation. This season has seen him start only six games throwing seven touchdowns. Earlier this month he was ruled out for the season finale with Browns for concussion. He was due to report on Sunday the 3rd of January to have a check-up with team doctors, but was a no show. It became apparent, that once again, Manziel was up to no good. He was apparently caught in a casino in Las Vegas eating and gambling in disguise. At the end of the month Manziel was reported to have been involved in an ‘altercation’ with girlfriend Colleen Crowley. It has just been announced that his domestic abuse case will be going to Grand Jury in Texas.
After spending last years off season in rehab for his drinking too, it looks like Manziel is flicking the bird at the Cleveland Browns and his career, and Hue Jackson has replied. Johnny will be shown the door. Manziel probably fancies himself as a bit of a bad boy of the NFL with this type of behaviour, but how does he compare to those who have already been tainted with the name.
Incognito represents that old fashioned school system, team bonding, community gel that is – the bully. In 2013 the NFL investigated allegations, made by Johnathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins, that Richie Incognito had bullied him with racist, homophobic and grotesque language. What ensued was a media storm of texts and interviews. The bullying reportedly made martin contemplate suicide. The Dolphins suspended incognito indefinitely as well as asking NFL to help with their internal investigation. Incognito certainly paid for his actions and was out of the league for two years before being picked up by Buffalo Bills.
Another fellow pig skin thrower, Roethlisberger has a rap sheet back to when he was in college. In 2006 he crashed a motorcycle whilst not wearing a helmet and was severely injured with multiple facial fractures, much to the anger of the Steelers. His most notable problems have been with sexual assault. Not once, but twice, has the big man from Pittsburgh been accused of sexual assault. Neither of the accusations resulted in a criminal case. One was a civil lawsuit and the second was withdrawn by the courts through lack of evidence. Nevertheless, the NFL suspended him for the first 6 games of the 2010 season, reducing it to four. Despite being a repeat offender, Roethlisberger seems to be able to squirm his way out of any situation, except a tight pocket that is.
Arguably the most famous of all players to get into trouble with the law, it will be no surprise to you that he is currently serving a prison sentence. What will be a surprise is that it is not for the murder of his wife, but armed robbery. He claims to have been trying to get back souvenirs which belonged to him, but his means of doing so were deemed far too extreme. Of course most people will remember the case of his wife Nicola’s and Robert Lyle Goldman’s murder, and the Cinderella court case of whether the glove fits. It was never proven, but a book released in 2007 behind the shield of ghost writer, about how he would have done it, was reportedly overseen by Simpson. To add insult to injury, unbeknownst to most at the time, the case also gave birth to the bane of our times, as the Kardashian’s father Robert was OJ’s lawyer for the case, and found mild fame though it.
Though Manziel has growing up to do, he has taken himself a step too far it seems and become embroiled with the law as well as his coaches now. Despite having an incredible talent and buzz it seems Manziel is going to throw it all away. Oh well, if he likes gambling so much and needs to lay low, we may see him in Europe casinos trying to find the best odds. The odds are however that he won’t be called Johnny Football anymore.