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Johnny Be Good

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“His mother told him “Someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight.””

Some of us have heard this great tune “Johnny B. Goode.” I know this tune very well going back to my marching band days in High School. I never really knew the lyrics until now. I hear the end of the song and realize, “This song reminds me of Johnny Manziel.”

Johnny Manziel, the “man” we keep hearing in the NFL today more than any other player. This is the “man” that has been more  “Johnny B Bad” than Johnny be good.

Hearing the lyrics to the song, Manziel has not been a “leader of a big old band” such as his soon to be former team, the Cleveland Browns. There has been “many people coming from miles around” to see Johnny play. But “when the sun goes down,” the party starts, the alcohol gets passed around, and the videos are shown.

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“Maybe someday your name will be in lights.” Well, Johnny Manziel has definitely done that. Ever since he won the  Heisman trophy in 2012, he has been on the spotlight. Most of that spotlight has been shown for the wrong reasons. Let’s have a look:

2012-

June 29, before his first college game, Manziel was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors—disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver’s license.

2013-

July 14th, Manziel had an early departure from the Manning Passing Academy after allegedly oversleeping.

July 26th, Kicked out of a Univeristy of Texas fraternity party.

August 4th, NCAA investigated whether Manziel accepted payments from autographs that he had signed. They found no evidence but came to an agreement with Texas A&M to suspend Manziel for the first half of the opening game.

2015-

February 4th, Manziel checked himself into a rehabilitation center for the treatment of alcohol addiction.

May 30th, Manziel was involved in an incident with a heckler at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.

October, Manziel was pulled over by a policeman after fighting in his car with his girlfriend. Although no charges were made, Manziel admitted to having had some alcoholic drinks earlier that afternoon.

November 24th, Head Coach at the time, Mike Pettine demoted Manziel to third string after a video of him partying surfaced on the internet.

2016-

January 2nd, Manziel was seen at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood casino the night before the Browns played their final game of the 2015 season. He did not play due to a “concussion” The next day, Manziel didn’t report to the Browns on Sunday morning when he was supposed to report to the team medic, which all players with concussions are supposed to do.

Now, Manziel lost his agent, endorsements, and recently being investigated for domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend.

The list just goes on and on and on. I knew that this guy would be a problem wherever he goes in the NFL. I knew the troubles would continue after college. I knew that rehab would not fix things. Instead, things have gotten worse.

I want him to succeed. I want him to get his life together, but that is not happening right now. It is time for “Johnny be bad” to be “Johnny B Good.”

“Go Johnny go go”

 

 

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