Johnny Manziel was as shocked as anyone when he learned that former Texas A&M teammate Thomas Johnson would be connected with a murder.
“I don’t think anybody that was ever there in the locker room with T.J. ever would’ve thought anything like that,” Manziel told Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Johnson, who caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown in 2012, Manziel’s Heisman Trophy season, has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a 53-year-old man on a jogging trail in Dallas Monday.
Two days after he caught two of Manziel’s passes during the Aggies’ 29-24 win over then-No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 11, 2012, Johnson went missing for several days. He left Texas A&M for good the following month.
“I haven’t heard from Thomas in quite a long time, and it was a very freak thing how he did leave the program,” Manziel said. “So I feel terrible for everyone involved and I don’t know how much more I can say than that… My thoughts and prayers go out toward whoever’s family it was.”