NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #22 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
I’ve been one of Johnny Manziel’s biggest critics.
The self-absorbed persona. The maxed-out bravado. The inexplicably horrible off-field decisions.
Johnny Goofball, I’ve dubbed him.
But news today of the lawsuit against Manziel by a woman is ridiculous, and another example of not all of the attention bestowed upon NFL quarterbacks being desirable.
It’s a legit lawsuit, filed and accepted by a Florida court. But it’s also transparently preposterous and unabashedly frivolous.
Some of the lowlights in asking for a restraining order and $25 million in damages:
There’s more but, trust me, you don’t need more to understand what a waste of time the lawsuit is.
The perks of being an NFL quarterback include fame, fortune and, yes, females. But there are times when you might be careful what you ask for.
In 1993 I was returning from lunch with Cowboys’ quarterback Troy Aikman. As we stopped at a Coppell gas station to fill up his Yukon, two women recognized him.
“We love you Troy!” they shrieked as he sat calmly inside the locked sport utility vehicle. Before they drove off, one of the women leaned over the hood and stuffed a pair of panties – complete with a scribbled phone number – under the windshield wiper.
“Now what exactly am I supposed to do with that?” Aikman chuckled.
“I dunno,” I retorted, “I guess put them in the pile with your other business cards?”
With that, Aikman finished pumping up, took the panties, wiped off his windshield and tossed them in the nearby trash can.
Here’s hoping a sane Florida judge does the same with the lawsuit against Johnny Goofball.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.