Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Manziel is stepping away from Twitter
By Edward Aschoff
In order to help limit distractions, Johnny Manziel is temporarily leaving Twitter. With all the fun pictures that have shown up on his account in the past few months, Johnny Football certainly will be missed in the Twitterverse.
Texas A&M's gun-slinging quarterback has been the talk of the country for months and months, and every little thing that he does has been scrutinized. With photos of him at NBA games, Mardi Gras, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Super Bowl, Manziel's Twitter timeline has been busy, and it was gaining too much popularity.
"I've kind of just shut it all off," Manziel told ESPN's Mark Schlabach. "With how the media has been with me for a while, I just shut everything off. As of [Monday], I said I was done with [Twitter] for however long. It's fun to have, but it can get to be distracting at points."
Fun Twitter time has ended, and Manziel is trying another approach to limit distractions and focus more on football. Some might consider this a minor way of shielding yourself from trouble, but it's like Manziel can't win when it comes to the whole distractions subject.
First, he was ridiculed for flashing his fun all over the Internet. Then, people chastised him for trying to limit the circus feel when he's on campus by staying out of the classroom and taking all online classes this semester. Now, his plan to stay away from our favorite narcissistic social-media platform has people saying he isn't doing enough.
Apparently, Manziel can do no right.
But whatever steps he feels are necessary for him to devote his attention to being a student-athlete, so be it. Should we even care that Manziel won't be on Twitter? Do our lives revolve around him that much?
Sure, his off-field adventures are fun to follow, but his decision to stay away from Twitter is probably a good thing for Manziel. Everything he does (like shoving a graduate assistant during practice) gets overblown and overanalyzed. Whatever he posts receives a truckload of responses -- good and bad, but probably mostly bad.
So why not just be proactive, shut things down and not risk things? It's not throwing your social card away, but it is keeping your business away from strangers. Manziel doesn't need everyone monitoring him.
Keeping his personal life to himself for a while isn't a bad thing for college football's most popular/interesting man.