SEC Media Days: Johnny Manziel says ‘I don’t think I’ve done anything catastrophic’


HOOVER, Alabama — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, acknowledged off-the-field mistakes but said the incidents were far from “catastrophic.”

Most recently, Manziel was criticized for his late arrival at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana after reportedly partying the night before. The Manning camp said Manziel was excused because he was ill.

The incident was minor, but as “Johnny Football” has morphed into a celebrity, the alleged disrespect to the Manning family has attracted significant attention.

Manziel, who is 20, said there were “social events” at the Manning camp but that he did not miss the next day’s events because he was hung over.

Manziel said his phone died and he overslept. Beyond that, he didn’t want to go into details.

“There’s no question he’s made some mistakes,” said Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. “He’s made some good decisions and some bad decisions. Unfortunately the poor decisions are the ones publicized.”

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