From gratuitous insult to late-night apology, the age of instant media was on full display Friday.
It started on an Oklahoma City sports talk show where Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was the guest. Stoops had some glowing comments for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and his performance in the Aggies 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve seen a lot of football players play a lot of different styles with guys, but never seen anything like that in my whole life.”
But Stoops decided to ratchet things up a notch and that’s where it got interesting.
“They’re gonna be tough to deal with. If they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good.
“If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might win three or four Heismans. He’ll have that type of ability.”
As expected, the twittersphere/blogosphere exploded and the comments went viral. Stoops comments alluded to an incident over the summer where Manziel was charged with disorderly conduct and having a fake drivers license and some photos on his Twitter account where Manziel hasn’t been shy about celebrating the good life in the wake of his Heisman Trophy win.
News of Stoops’ comments apparently made its way to Manziel who posted a picture and a note on Twitter:
“Great visit to the hospital today in Connecticut made a ton of new friends. Hopefully this picture passes compliance..”
By late night Friday night, Stoops was backtracking. Through an OU spokesman, Stoops wanted everyone to know he had the “utmost respect for Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel.”
Manziel, it should be noted, had 516 total yards against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, including an FBS bowl record 229 rushing yards.
You can listen to a podcast of the interview here. The part about Manziel is at the end.