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TNT’s Kerr Wonders How A&M’s Manziel Got Tickets To Mavs Game, Disses SEC In The Process

At last night’s NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, there sat Texas A&M quarterback and recent Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel courtside.  How do we know it was Manziel?  Because TNT analyst and ex-Arizona player Steve Kerr identified him and then questioned how a college student could afford such a pricey ticket (depending on the game, those things typically run between $500 and $1000).

Here’s a transcript of what Kerr and broadcast partners Mike Fratello and Marv Albert had to say about Manziel’s presence on the floor…

 

Kerr:  “Incidentally, talking about Johnny Manziel, how does a college kid get courtside seats to a Mavs game?  Those are expensive seats.  I’m just gonna throw that out there.”

Fratello:  “Trying to get someone in trouble here?”

Kerr:  “No, I’m just, just, just because he’s playing in the SEC now I’m not going to insinuate anything.”

Fratello:  “That sound like there’s anger.  That’s anger.  There’s anger in that voice.”

Kerr:  “That’s not how it works in the SEC?”

Albert:  “Is it not possible that a friend, a buddy, took him to the game?”

Kerr:  “It’s possible.  But there are a lot of things that are possible.”

 

Naturally, Twitter blew up.  And Manziel chose to respond by saying he bought the ticket for himself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether Manziel bought the seat for himself or not, Kerr asked a legitimate question.  The problem is that he sounded like a jerk for doing so.  In this day and age, it’s likely Manziel’s presence at the game — in a courtside seat — would have gotten a lot of attention with or without Kerr’s insinuation that the SEC is a cesspool and that A&M’s quarterback must’ve been given the ticket in violation of an NCAA rule.

For SEC fans, this is a good example of why SEC presidents — like those in the Big Ten — indeed care about constantly upping their league’s academic reputation.  It’s an example of why those SEC presidents voted against their football coaches and implemented a “soft cap” on football signees to cut down on oversigning by just a bit.  (If you don’t believe it’s a “soft cap” thanks to back-counting and the like, there are two SEC schools with more than 30 commitments at the moment… that’s entering the Houston Nutt zone.)

It’s hard to change public perception.  And thanks to many SEC programs getting themselves into NCAA hot water over the years — coupled with a smidge of jealousy from outsiders — Mike Slive’s league still has the reputation for being a dirty conference.  Comments on national television from broadcasters like Kerr only promulgate that stereotype.

Here’s the video the back-and-forth between TNT’s commentators last night:

 

Johnny Manziel Courtside In Dallas

 

 


13 comments
DaveinExile
DaveinExile

If he had courtside seats to the Blazers, wearing $2,500 worth of Nike gear, driving a $60,000 "rental car" to the game, then we would know he was transferring to Oregon. Or USC.

 

"That's how they do it in the SEC"? Talk about blinders.

FrankKendrick
FrankKendrick

I was disappointed in Kerr's comments last night. It was what I view as typical jealousy of SEC domination in sports. He can't brag about Arizona and the PAC 10 so he puts down the SEC by implying they pay players. Perhaps he should look at his own conference's misdeeds before casting a stone.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Sounds like Kerr's mouth runs faster than his brain. Also, I don't think there are issues with soft caps as long as you don't go over the 85 max scholarships limit with commitable offers. Georgia's at the thirty mark now I believe but I think they operated in 2012 at only around 70 scholarship players so they have a lot of backfilling to do. That of course is contingent on programs not running off underperforming players to make room for fresh ones. Not that that sort of thing is easy to prove.

Dnayew
Dnayew

Kerr just sounded like a jealous little twirp.

 

I love how all the Big 10 Losers said the same kind of crap; and then the stuff with the Vest comes out.  We all play the same game - we just play it better.

Ag In FM
Ag In FM

Not too complicated:  parents put away money  in a college fund, kid gets a full ride scholarship, parents are suddenly flush with cash, parents let kid use some of the money to enjoy some of the finer things in life. This scenario happens every year to student athlete and non student athletes alike.  

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

my grandparents have given me money and spurs tickets for my birthday and christmas several times.  also, did kerr ever consider that maybe johnny is actually smart enought to save some money?  i worked in high school and was able to save a couple grand -  money i still have today from being frugal.  now, i'm 27, working, making money and building up my accounts for the future.  what am i doing with some of that saved money?  i'm treating myself to trip to colorado for christmas, and each person in my family is paying their share.  it's costing me a similar amount as courtside tickets, the main difference being i'm covering several expenses over several days vs. a three hour event.  who's to say johnny isn't doing the same thing and treating himself to a memorable experience with money he earned and/or saved over time?  it is not steve kerr's place to judge anyone other than the players playing basketball on the court.

abkelley74
abkelley74

Tebow had court side Finals Seats for Orlando V Lakers but, that was OK? O__o

ctex
ctex

What is so shocking about a privileged white kid going to an NBA or NFL game? 

KEGreene1
KEGreene1

I've been to one NBA game in my life.  My freshman year at Auburn, the guy in the dorm room next door's fathers company had season tickets to the Atlanta Hawks.  Second row courtside.  Last minute his Dad called and asked him if he wanted the tickets (Atlanta is 90 miles from Auburn) and we saw Utah Jazz vs. the Hawks.  Mr. Kerr stick to the NBA.                

buddha22
buddha22

@alamoaggie08 Doesn't sound like he's Johnny Frugal to me...besides, what "job" could he have had that would earn him enough to blow on courtside seats? Seriously, are his parents rich? That would be the easiest answer. Otherwise, maybe Johhny would like to share that receipt, surely he didn't pay that price with folding money?

StanTxAg
StanTxAg

 @ctex Then you add in racism with "privileged white kid" remark.  This incident as proved that In Amercian you can say anthing you want, regardless of how stupid.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @buddha22  @alamoaggie08 Uh, Hello, Kerryville is where Johny Manziel is from. Kerryville, one of the richest small towns per capita in the US. And, the Manziel's are not a cash strapped family. Their family business is.... oil. Sure, the kid could have taken a freebie, and he could have worked slinging burgers for years to save up the price of the ticket, but much more likely scenario is, it came from his parents.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

 @buddha22  @alamoaggie08 first of all, as far as i've heard his parents are upper middle class.  second, i worked $8/hr jobs for three summers and weekends during high school and didn't spend every dime buying typical girl crap.  like i said, i'm breaking my frugal ways by going to colorado for a whole week , but i've saved enough money that it's not like i will go broke from treating myself to a rare, memorable experience.  my point is everyone is trying to say it's impossible for a 20 yr old to have saved $500-$1000, and i'm saying that's not true and i'm living proof.  as a side note, there is also such a thing as inheritance.  i would like to say i hope that's not where he got his money because that would mean someone he loved passed away.  fortunatey and unfortunately enough i have plenty of inheritance money that i never plan to use unless it's an emergency. but it is there.

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