Tate bristles at claim that he “dissed” Johnny Football


Manziel Mania already has created some unintended, but predictable, consequences.

The first victim?  Running back Ben Tate.  The free-agency arrival complained on Tuesday about the media’s obsession with the rookie first-round quarterback.  Then, after some regarded Tate’s rant as a slap at Manziel, Tate slapped back on Twitter.

“I got 1 finger up to yall and it’s not my pointer,” Tate said.

Before firing off his non-pointer to those trying to create a schism between quarterback and running back, Tate expressed not resentment of Manziel’s popularity with the press but an opinion that Manziel eventually will become fed up.

I feel like it,” Tate said regarding the question of whether Manziel is getting too much media attention, via ESPN.com.  “He hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. So . . . I don’t know. . . .  That’s for y’all to figure out.”

Without more, it’s fair to infer that Tate doesn’t like the fact that Manziel has attracted so much scrutiny.  But the balance of the remarks show Tate was making the point that Manziel at some point will get sick of it.

“It’s just as a player I know that I would get tired if people were constantly monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said. “I mean, it’s annoying. He’s a human being. . . .  He’s a great football player so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention.  At the same time I just figure at this stage he’s tired of it and he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

While Tate’s observations don’t reflect animosity toward Manziel, Manziel’s reaction to the attention could change that.  If Manziel comes off as reveling in the fact that the media flocks to him and ignores the rest of the team, players like Tate eventually will wonder whether the stardom has gone to Manziel’s head.

64 responses to “Tate bristles at claim that he “dissed” Johnny Football

  1. It would probably be easier on the team if they embrace the attention and put Manziel out on the field. If he’s on the bench it will get extremely awkward. But they probably knew that when they drafted him and plan to use the spotlight to help their team shine when winning games. Hopefully they execute well or that could be awkward too when the media starts asking about why Brian Hoyer wasn’t given more of a shot.

  2. So Johnny’s groupies took exception to someone else on the Browns reminding them that there’s going to be 52 other guys on the team.

    Pretty sure Tate just said what Cleveland Browns fans (the people that owned Browns merchandise BEFORE the draft) have felt since guys like Lebron James all of a sudden started supporting them and the sports networks suddenly remember the Browns were still in the league.

  3. Thank you Tate for saying what needs to be said. How many times have we seen a player come out of college with all this hype to lay an egg in the NFL? Manziel needs to prove himself in this league before the media makes him a star. And these sports reporters should know all of this, some times I wonder if fans know more about a player than the media and even their coaches. Who get persuaded to start an inferior player cuz of all the hype a player generates thru the media

  4. I’m a Browns fan, and I am already sick and tired of all the Johnny stuff. Enough with watching his every move… what’s the point? I can’t wait till training camp so that there’s finally FOOTBALL to report where he’s concerned.

    So, I agree with Ben Tate… I would guess that Johnny is probably sick of it at this point, also.

    Oh well. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining… my Brownies NEVER get this kind of coverage, and it’ll help some lesser known, lesser appreciated guys get some well deserved attention as a side effect.


  5. If the media would have just shut it’s collective mouth. Tim Tebow, would still be playing football, as a back-up, but still playing. The media is going to ruin Manziel’s football career. The guy hasn’t even thrown a ball, in the Pro’s.

  6. Much ado about nothing. He speaks the truth. Besides, the fact the media thinks he “dissed” Manziel is proof enough the media has it’s collective head firmly up Johnny’s Football. Manziel hasn’t played a down yet. He made one nice play in practice and many bad ones. If someone wants to “diss” him, they can, because he hasn’t earned a right to anything else yet.

    Good grief.

  7. I forgot the Browns signed Ben Tate. Good luck to him. I’d love to see the Browns have an explosive offense for once.

  8. “He’s a great football player so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. ”
    That’s part of the problem right there. It’s not about envy or even whether the media attention is annoying. It’s that players, who know how hard it is to make in the NFL, have to say “they know he’s a great player”, even though, he hasn’t earned that level of respect in the NFL.

    The NFL trash bin is full of players who were great in college. The media driven, Manziel-supported, idea that Manziel is great, is totally UNWARRANTED and there will be resentment and a huge backlash at some point.

    So Tate can’t complain about media attention that Johnny seeks That’s all on him. Going to Vegas when he should be studying, the money sign and proclaiming “the house that Johnny built”, wasn’t created by the media. That’s all Johnny. I have no sympathy, as he self promotes.

  9. If Manziel comes off as reveling in the fact that the media flocks to him and ignores the rest of the team, players like Tate eventually will wonder whether the stardom has gone to Manziel’s head.



  10. I’m so glad the Clowns signed this weasel. It’s goning to be fun watching them implode to 4-12 again this season.

    The Modell Curse is alive and well.

  11. i was like who’s Tate Bristles? oh, he plays for cleveland? i didn’t know they still had a team.

    yeah, they’ve got uniforms and everything…

  12. I’m so glad the Panthers did not draft this fool known as Johnny Football.

    Let the confetti fly as the Panthers will be your new Superbowl champs this year!

  13. I don’t know how on earth anyone could read Tate’s original comments and see them as a slap at Manziel.

    If you read the remarks themselves, and not piecemeal with constant interruptions for interpretation by the writer, it is very clear that Tate is criticizing the media, not Manziel, and if anything is expressing sympathy for JM and stating that he has to be getting sick of it.

  14. Maybe the media (secretly) hates Manziel? Afterall, they seem awfully determined to get the rest of the planet to despise him too.

  15. What’s wrong with saying he’s a rookie that hasn’t played a down in the NFL. That’s a perfect answer.

    Teams that treat rookies like rookies, who know nothing and should listen more than talk, are also generally the most successful teams in the league.

    If you don’t treat players properly for their level, and equally to the rest of their peers it invites locker room problems.

    The Browns players need to ignore the media attention though… that can’t be controlled. Just tune it out.

  16. barsfordays says:Jun 4, 2014 10:12 AM

    Just shut ur mouth. Throwing ur starting QB under the bus? Not smart. Hope Terrence West makes this guy bite his words when hes benched


    he isn’t the starting QB.

  17. .

    Just as the media was tone deaf to the public’s perception of their obsession with all things Michael Sam, they’re similarly impaired when covering a wannabe who’s accomplished absolutely nothing at the NFL level.


  18. A mature man would be tired of the attention. Manziel reminds me of reality tv “stars.” He lives for the attention. Also, is Tate a 10 year old? He would do well to stay off of social media. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  19. Let the schism begin. Wow did you see Johnny throw 3 interceptions yesterday? That was awesome…

  20. Just asking..When was the last time The Browns has this much chatter about them? It’s because of one guy..like or hate him….JOHNNY

  21. citiciti says:
    Jun 4, 2014 10:34 AM
    32 wanted him only 1 got him the rest are jealous

    Yeah ok,that’s why he fell in the draft because everybody wanted him

  22. Manziel did not — repeat — did not fall in the draft. Most experts had projected him to be a second- or third-round pick. Even the Browns passed on him near the top of the first round.
    Manziel was a first-round “reach.” And now we’ll all see if the Browns’ gamble paid off.

  23. Tate at this point should just be worried about holding off t. West for the starting rb. Job

  24. Ahh the NFL offseason. A glorious place where every turd is given a three part inspection and given to Skip Bayless and Steven A. to debate during the summer doldrums.

  25. I am actually starting to feel bad for Browns fans. A former part owner of one of the most stable franchises in Sports buys the team, then does the exact opposite of how they operate.

    If they want to have any chance of Manzel becoming successful, they wont play him a down this year. Other than Thomas and Mack, they have no weapons on offense. Now that Gordon wont be there.

    Look at Roethlisberger. His rookie success had little to do with him, it was Hines Ward, Jerome Bettis, Alam Faneca. Manzel depant have that. You cant ask a rookie to make the players around him better. It is supposed to be the other way around.

    If/When Johnny Football busts out of the league, Browns fans are going to have no one to blame but Browns management.

  26. Manziel is not “hyped”..Nobody is really predicting he will be an All Pro NFL QB. However is a player people are very interested in and that is why he is being covered extensively. When he starts ratings and coverage will be much higher for Browns games…Just is what it is.

  27. It’s too bad that this is the attention Ben Tate is getting. If you follow him on Twitter, you’ll see he’s done a lot to embrace the city and the fans. He threw out the first pitch at the Indians game last night. He bought 44 (his number) seats at the Indians game and gave them away to fans on Twitter. He’s doing a lot of things right, and the coverage he gets instead is having his words twisted over Johnny Football.

    For what’s it worth, Ben Tate, people here in CLE see what you’re doing. We like it.

  28. Its ashame that Manziel gets more attention than Wilson, Kaepernick & Luck….ya know three young qb’s who lead Super Bowl contenders!

  29. Wrong Tate! Sorry Golden!

    You don’t have anything to worry about with Ben, Johnny. He should be comfortable sitting in the shadows by now.

  30. I like that for every “Manziel is just a rookie who hasn’t proven anything” post, there is a “Ben Tate better be scared of ROOKIE Terrance West” post.

  31. I don’t think anyone in that lockerroom cares about anything other than how he plays on the field.

    If he’s winning games, who cares. If he doesn’t deserve to be starting… Then they’ll just pile this on as an excuse even if it had nothing to do with it.

    Pretty simple.

  32. Tate is just an enormous cry baby, this guy left Seattle because he wasn’t their number one off-season priority for contracts, he even said it himself.

    He’s a me-first guy.

  33. He jealous lol, but anyhow you must have been living under rocks if you didnt know that the Media, Espn and their cohorts will be on Johnny 24/7. I guess it comes with the package.

  34. If it says Manziel in the headline….it’s a story I guess

    I’m so sad I read this

  35. “Johnny Football” has alot to prove before he plays a down in the NFL. Even then,he’s going to be a handful to keep out of trouble off the field. Give me Brian Hoyer any day.

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