Texas A&M quarterback will be allowed to do his talking on the field today, but not to the press. Following yesterday’s report that Johnny Manziel is under NCAA investigation for signing merchandise for profit, the Aggie star will take part in A&M’s first practice of the fall today. He will not, however, be available to the media.
While that won’t please the media, it’s a wise move by Texas A&M officials. What could Manziel say that would make the situation better? Nothing. What could he say to make the situation worse? Plenty.
We wrote last week that Manziel should go the hermit route throughout the 2013 season. If he’s cleared of the autographs-for-sale allegations and maintains all of his eligibility, we still believe he would be better off piping down and clearing his social calendar. It’s nine months until the NFL draft and Johnny Football has millions riding on that event. It would be worth it for him to quietly “suffer” through nine football-focused months.
Whether he agrees with the decision or not, keeping Manziel away from the microphones today is a good first step.
SIDENOTE – With Manziel’s eligibility now in question, at least two Las Vegas sportsbooks took Texas A&M’s win total (9.5) off their boards.