July 17th, 2013 01:34 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: CFL, Eric Hyman, Garcia Manziel, Johnny Manziel, Stephen Garcia
Former South Carolina bad boy quarterback Stephen Garcia is jumping into the Johnny Manziel free-for-all via his own Twitter feed today. But the ex-CFL quarterback’s tweets weren’t necessarily aimed at Manziel. No, instead they were targeting Manziel’s athletic director Eric Hyman, the same AD who played a large role in suspending and then booting Garcia from Carolina due to what were mainly alcohol-related incidents.
Garcia first tweeted:
Then came this:
Our take? First, it would be better for Garcia to let it go and not open himself up to ugly comments from anonymous Twitterers. Too late for that.
Second, Garcia — like Manziel — wasn’t exactly knocking over banks during his playing days. You could argue that he, too, was simply behaving like a young, 20-something college kid.
Third, Hyman — and his wife — probably won’t be getting a Christmas card from Garcia this year. Distance hasn’t made the heart grow fonder, it seems.
All that said, by tweeting this about his old athletic director, it appears as if Garcia refuses to take responsibility for his own actions. Whether that’s really the case or not we’ll never know. But his tweets create that perception.
For that reason, a Garcia/Manziel comparison might not be too far out of bounds. Neither man seems to grasp how a simple tweet might be interpreted by someone on the other side of a computer screen. And neither seems to want to take 100% responsibility for the turmoil and media scrutiny they faced during their college careers.
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