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Manziel enters plea deal for bar fight arrest

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In what we can only hope was an appropriately hydrated court appearance, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight outside a bar.

According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Manziel pleaded guilty Monday to failing to identify himself to police. He’ll have to pay the maximum fine of $2,000 and $232 in court costs. Prosecutors said that as part of the deal, another misdemeanor charge of possession of a fake driver’s license would be dismissed, along with a disorderly conduct charge.

“He took responsibility for his actions that night and is ready to put what happened that night behind him,” attorney Cam Reynolds said of Manziel.

Of course, that’s wishful thinking on the part of Team Manziel, especially in conjunction with the reports of his leaving the Manning Passing Academy this weekend with an illness.

When Manziel does decide to go the NFL route, he’ll have to answer plenty of questions about his conduct and character for teams. He’s a talented college player, though he’s not blessed with prototype size or arm strength. That didn’t keep him from winning the Heisman, but he’s not in a position that off-field concerns won’t impact his draft stock.

Of course, what might help is some degree of accountability from Manziel himself.

Sending his dad or lawyers out to explain his behavior is one thing. But he appears to undervalue the power of standing up and saying: “I’m young, I made a mistake.”

Football fans, and people in general, are a fairly forgiving lot. And while college bar fights or the occasional illness wouldn’t be enough to derail his future NFL employment, not understanding how to take responsibility might be a bad sign for what he might do when he gets there.

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26 Responses to “Manziel enters plea deal for bar fight arrest”
  1. ryann252013 says: Jul 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    Is it bad that this guys not even in the nfl yet and I’m already sick of him?

  2. unbiasfan says: Jul 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    Future Aaron Hernandez

  3. areyoudue says: Jul 15, 2013 3:00 PM

    Johnny “Leaf” Football…

  4. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jul 15, 2013 3:04 PM

    Already sick of this guy…at least his 15 minutes will be up soon…his game won’t translate at all in the NFL.

  5. dwoofer says: Jul 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    He’s perfect for the Broncos.

  6. doublenickelz says: Jul 15, 2013 3:11 PM

    Please, PLEASE Stephen, dont let your Dad even think about this kid in a Cowboy Jersey!!!

  7. rtp295 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    I understand that Manziel is young but he is a role model to some people and needs to start cleaning up his act. All the recent news about him hasn’t been good news

  8. anicra says: Jul 15, 2013 3:24 PM

    When in doubt, go into grappler mode. Do a DDT or Perfect plex.

  9. blitzinc43 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:24 PM

    Jonny “somehow similar yet somehow anti-tim” Football

  10. bucrightoff says: Jul 15, 2013 3:26 PM

    Johnny Footballs BAC > Johnny Footballs Completion %

  11. friendlylittletrees says: Jul 15, 2013 3:27 PM

    lol… This guy will be a 6th Rd. Pick at best…

  12. FinFan68 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:31 PM

    “He took responsibility for his actions that night and is ready to put what happened that night behind him,” attorney Cam Reynolds said of Manziel.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not really. He cut a deal to the lesser charge so that the others were dismissed. That’s not taking responsibility…It’s actually the opposite

  13. thunderstruck24 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    Funny I thought this was Pro Football talk… What team does Johnny football play for?

  14. bucrightoff says: Jul 15, 2013 3:35 PM

    thunderstruck24 says:Jul 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    Funny I thought this was Pro Football talk… What team does Johnny football play for?
    ___________________________________

    Well, when he leaves the SEC for the NFL he’ll be taking a pay cut if nothing else.

  15. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:46 PM

    Thank God my Vikes have Ponder!!! I would hate to cheer for a team looking for a QB in this draft!

  16. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    @thunderstruck

    By the way, maybe you haven’t noticed, but the NFL actually gets a lot of their players from the college ranks. So, the behavior of college players is in fact relelvant.

  17. rajbais says: Jul 15, 2013 3:56 PM

    Character issues for the Heisman???

    Johnny Football = the Anti Tim Tebow!!!!
    :) :) :)

  18. notoriousjebus says: Jul 15, 2013 4:02 PM

    This is shocking. I mean I have never before heard of a college student getting a fake id, and then using said id to drink in a college bar. And then add fighting to that, it’s totally unthinkable. He should probably be expelled from school, banned from ever attending another college, forbidden from entering the NFL, and jailed for at least 5 years. We need to put an end to this atypical behavior that no other college student has ever engaged in.

  19. ochospantalones says: Jul 15, 2013 4:42 PM

    I am really not that concerned that a college kid drinks too much and occasionally gets into stupid fights. He’s 20 years old, of course he’s immature.

    To jump sports a bit, in 2005 a 21-year old pitching prospect (former first round pick) got into a bar fight and BROKE HIS PITCHING HAND. About as dumb a thing as you could do, in his position.

    So what happened next? Did he execute a friend in an industrial park? Rack up multiple DUI’s and kill someone with his car? Become a drug dealer?

    No. It was Cole Hamels. In 2008 he won the World Series MVP award and last year signed a 6 year $144 million contract. He has never been involved in another off the field incident, and is generally perceived as pretty much the least threatening person in professional sports.

    Will Manziel go the same way? I have no idea, but it’s not like it’s impossible for an immature 20-year old who parties too much to grow up and become a professional.

    I am going to go easy on the kid for now.

  20. nathanbetz91 says: Jul 15, 2013 4:49 PM

    If he really took responsibility for his actions, he would have identified himself to police after the fight occurred

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 15, 2013 4:54 PM

    Last year I liked the idea of Dallas drafting Manziel to replace Romo for the future but some recent stories make me have reservations about it. On the other hand, these issues may make him look more attractive to Jerry Jones as he may possibly fall a little in the draft.

  22. digitalsasquatch says: Jul 15, 2013 5:32 PM

    Aw, c’mon, Johnny, don’t be in a rush to become a turd.

  23. doggeatdogg says: Jul 15, 2013 5:39 PM

    Role model? OK. He is the perfect role model for what not to do. You can have fun in college without squandering your future. Being 20 and looking like 30 and older will only worsen with this continued overly consumption of alcohol. He will be a headache for the team that drafts him, specially if he under performs and should hope his draft stock drops to a competitive team and not the higher drafting teams banking on him to turn things around.

  24. mackcarrington says: Jul 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    Interesting that so many people want to give Manziel a “pass” because he is a 20 year old college student doing “20 year old college student” things. What they overlook is that he is a Heisman Trophy Winner. Wrongly or right, people expect him to have a level of maturity that places him above doing “20 year old college things”. He already has young people looking up to him to be a role model. He already has potential employers being wary of him. He already has potential endorsement opportunities wondering if he is worth the risk and the money. The “average 20 year old college student” doesn’t have those things to worry about. I’m tired of everybody saying “Well, when I was in college…” Manziel is no longer just an average college student. He expects to go to the NFL next year and he needs to start acting like it now.

  25. Ferdinand says: Jul 15, 2013 7:18 PM

    Haven’t seen anyone buy into his press so quickly and so completely as Manziel has in a long time. At least he hasn’t hurt anyone else because of it. Oh, wait . . . .

  26. donnymacjack says: Jul 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    He is starting to remind me of Todd Maranovich (or however you spell his name). His risk vs reward factor is leaning mighty heavily towards the risk side.

    It is so easy to this guy as a bust in the NFL simply because to date everything in the game has come way too easily for him. When he hits the NFL he will actually have to work hard to be a top tied QB. I don’t know if he has that kind of drive in him at this point.

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