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Gottlieb Pens A Must Read Column On A&M’s Manziel And The Myth Of The Tortured Athlete

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Yesterday afternoon, CBSSports.com’s Doug Gottlieb posted an outstanding column that focuses — initially — on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.  But using his very own missteps as a college athlete as a jumping off point, Gottlieb proceeds to punch some very large holes in the growing belief that athletes are exploited souls.  Then, he brings it all back around to Manziel for the big finish.

Gottlieb’s column deserved more than a headline link today.  And it’s points are so strongly made that it needs no additional commentary from us.  We just wanted to make sure you saw it and read it.

It’s good work.

 


7 comments
UT98BCSChamps
UT98BCSChamps

Pennington went Goodfellas on Mathers, nice!!

Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers

Here's a far better quote than anything OSU Doug has ever written, and from one of his colleagues to boot. "Besides, let's not pretend like Manziel could even begin to defile a sport as morally bankrupt as college football. If you were up in arms about Manziel's hand gestures, but barely raised a peep when LSU allowed troubled running back Jeremy Hill to return to action last week, spare me the sanctimony."

 As soon as Pennington and Gottlieb catch a clue as to the relative importance of rape, assault, theft, prostitution and academic fraud vs.$25 for an autograph I'll be more inclined to give some weight to their arguments.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@Jerry Mathers 

Your post would mean something... if this site hadn't posted multiple stories about Hill and Les Miles' handling of that situation.  From Hill to a group of Alabama players beating and robbing students, we come down hardest on violent crimes.  There's no room for those type incidents on a college team and we've said so too many times to count.

Now go get your shinebox,

John

LutherElmo1
LutherElmo1

@Jerry Mathers


Oh, someone is worse than us so ignore what "our guy" did wrong.  I agree with your take on Hill, but that doesn't change that Manziel was wrong.  Re-read the article and maybe the truths will become apparent to you.

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