The verdict is in: Johnny Football is suspended for a whole 30 minutes of football. He will miss the first half of the first game of the season.
I hope someone, somewhere sits him down and has a good long conversation about how LUCKY he is to have been given a grace in this situation.
I mean, seriously, anyone who has been following this story KNOWS that no one, no where would sit in a hotel room and sign hundreds of football items over a few hours time and get absolutely nothing in return.
Ok, well maybe the Pope would sign stuff for nothing, but he IS the Pope.
Johnny Manziel IS NOT the Pope.
He has NOT made the best choices in terms of his off -field behavior. He has a history of making poor choices. So it is logical to believe that there is no way he signed stuff for free, out of his own good will towards others.
Certainly, I am not buying that.
I also don’t like that he has been so adamantly vocal about the fact that he doesn’t like the NCAA rules that college athletes can’t profit from the money they make for their school.
I don’t like the fact that I have to PAY for my groceries, but I do it anyway because to NOT do it would be stealing. Just because I don’t like the rules doesn’t mean I don’t have to follow them.
I KNOW that I have to pay for groceries when I go into the grocery store. That’s how it works.
Dear Mr. Johnny Football, you KNEW there were NCAA rules when you chose to play football in College. You mean to tell me that you can’t follow the rules for 2-3 years until you get to the NFL?
It would appear to me, that you feel that you can pick and choose what rules you want to follow. Rules about drinking, rules about autographs, societal rules about going to certain parties wearing certain types of clothing.
Life doesn’t work like that, kiddo.
It’s not like that NOW and it certainly isn’t like that when you get to the NFL.
You better straighten up. You better understand that you have been given the GRACE to continue to play College football, to increase your playing knowledge to better prepare you for the NFL.
I really believe the NCAA had a choice to make an example out of you or give you grace.
You must have had a really, really good lawyer. Or, you made some kind of really, really good deal.
I just hope that somewhere down the road, you won’t have to forfeit your entire season because of your choices. That’s not fair to your teammates, your school, the coaches or the fans.
Ultimately, it’s not fair to you.
Because once you have been given grace, its really really hard to give it out again.