When Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said yesterday that he overslept at the Manning Passing Academy and that that’s what led to his departure from the camp, everyone knew that questions when then come AJ McCarron’s way. That’s because McCarron was Manziel’s roommate the camp and he did arrive on time for the scheduled meetings last Saturday.
So, was Manziel in their room? And if so, why didn’t McCarron wake him up?
McCarron is indeed hearing those questions. He’s just not providing any answers. Today he’s told the reporters at SEC Media Days:
“I can’t answer on Johnny Manziel’s part. My name’s AJ. He’s his own man. I’m not gonna speak on another man’s business…. I know how I handle myself out in public, how I carry myself in front of people. That’s what I’m worried about.”
Read into that what you will. McCarron also decided not to use Manziel’s “I’m just a 20-year-old kid” defense from a day ago, by admitting that he knows he lives in a fishbowl:
“You can’t be a normal 22-year-old kid… I can’t go out and act a fool. I can’t go out and drink excessively, being wild and stuff. I can’t do that.”
In a one-on-one with ESPN, McCarron added:
“As Coach Saban says, ‘We created this beast. You asked for this lifestyle and you asked for this spotlight that comes with it. So enjoy it, but don’t misuse it in any kind of way.”
McCarron and Manziel have been pals — as evidenced by the photo from last Friday we’ve posted at left — but it’s hard to imagine two guys handling the spotlight more differently.
You also have to wonder if their friendship might be strained thanks to the Manziel hubbub of the past week. After all, last night McCarron took a page from Manziel’s book and briefly posted a tweet stating: “Your right I’m not at the espy’s! I don’t have to be at a award show to know what my team did.”
Manziel was at the ESPY’s last night. McCarron says his tweet wasn’t aimed at Manziel. Uh-huh.