If Kevin Sumlin needed any more proof that Johnny Manziel isn’t cut out for Twitter and other social media, it’s this: The star’s tweet from this weekend was brought on by — wait for it — a parking ticket.
According to The Houston Chronicle, “a person with knowledge of the situation” says a parking ticket — given for parking in the wrong direction and for having windows tinted too dark — led the Texas A&M quarterback to tweet: “Bull**** like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station… whenever it may be.”
Manziel quickly took that tweet down and then invited folks to “please please walk a day in my shoes.”
Johnny Football, we have. I’m guessing everyone reading this has gotten a parking ticket or a speeding ticket that they didn’t believe to be fair.
I once got a speeding ticket driving through Barnwell, South Carolina and when I told someone about it in Columbia they identified the exact spot of my stop and informed me that it’s a known speed trap. In Knoxville, Tennessee I was once pulled over by a cop in an unmarked car for changing lanes and not signaling. Of course, there was no one in front of me or behind me in either lane for at least 500 yards so technically, no ticket should have been written.
Having to help a county or city make its month-end budget isn’t fun. But most people who’ve turned themselves into celebrities don’t react to those tickets by going to Twitter and announcing that they can’t wait to leave the town they’re living in.
Interestingly, Manziel has not tweeted — as of this morning — since his June 16th “walk a day in my shoes” tweet. So perhaps Sumlin has already put the kibosh on his star quarterback’s social media privileges.
That’d be a good thing. Because at this point it’s obvious that Twitter is to Johnny Football as a single bullet is to Barney Fife — a mistake waiting to happen.