Judge Chastises Manziel on Facebook for Speeding Ticket

City says Ennis municipal judge's Facebook post was "insensitive and inappropriate"

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    A municipal judge posted on Facebook after Johnny Manziel gets a speeding ticket in Ennis. (Published Friday, Jan 18, 2013)

    Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel recently got a speeding ticket in Ennis, and a local judge thought it newsworthy enough to post something on Facebook.

    Lee Johnson, a municipal judge in Ennis, posted about the ticket on Facebook, which CBSSports.com first reported. Manziel's name wasn't mentioned. Instead, the judge wrote about "a certain unnamed (very) recent Heisman Trophy winner from a certain unnamed 'college' down south of here."

    Johnson ended his post by saying:

    It appears that even though the OU defense couldn't stop him, the City of Ennis P.D. is a different story altogether. Time to grow up/slow down young 'un. You got your whole life/career ahead of you. Gig Em indeed.

    The city said in a statement Friday that the social media remarks were "insensitive and inappropriate."

    "Receiving a traffic ticket is not a humorous matter," City Manager Steve Howerton said in the statement. "Further, it is not the policy of the city of Ennis to indiscriminately publish the identity of traffic ticket recipients or to publicly lecture them."

    Manziel received the ticket on Jan. 14.

    Howerton said the matter is under investigation to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

    The judge has a 25-year record of "unblemished public service," the city said.

    The city also said the judge has reached out to Manziel through the Texas A&M athletic department to apologize, the city said.

    When asked for comment, Texas A&M Athletics said it did not feel a statement on the matter was appropriate.

    The freshman Texas A&M quarterback has drawn attention recently for Twitter photos that have shown him drinking champagne at a Dallas club with his mom and flashing cash at an Oklahoma casino.