Just like Johnny Manziel, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has always had a knack for finding the spotlight or doing something that attracts attention. Manziel lives his party-fueled lifestyle, and Trump has never been afraid to say anything shocking or potentially controversial.
So perhaps it makes sense that on Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft, Trump made it clear that he was a big fan of the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who was selected 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns despite several teams expressing serious doubts about his work ethic.
Trump was so certain of his scouting acumen that he tweeted about it:
Teams are making a big mistake not taking Johnny Manziel – he is going to be really good (and exciting to watch).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2014
That comment gained renewed traction on Friday when the Browns announced that Manziel had been released after just two seasons. His career stats to date: 1,675 yards passing, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 57 percent completion rate over 15 games (eight starts). He has also repeatedly been involved in off-field mishaps, with the most recent and arguably most serious one coming in the form of a domestic violence case against him.
Manziel’s brief NFL career has been a lot of things, but “really good” is definitely not one of them. In fact, he’ll probably appear on a list of biggest NFL busts pretty soon, alongside the likes of Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell.
We’ve already seen what happens when political figures try to pander to sports fans, and when college coaches publicly endorse candidates. Maybe it’s best if we just try to keep the two very, very far apart.
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