The Cleveland Browns have only had QB Johnny Manziel for a little over two weeks, and already we've seen the national media complain about not being able to attend a rookie minicamp, a hoax lawsuit of $25 million filed against him, people question why Ray Farmer is not anointing him the starter, and more.
That's just a taste of what's to come in terms of headlines, and hey, I'm all for it -- part of the reason I started falling for Manziel is because I wanted a guy quarterback who could finally bring a level of swagger to the position -- someone who wouldn't just roll in and then roll out as "just another quarterback on the list."
The latest story with Manziel came on Saturday, when he went to Vegas to attend UFC 173. He's getting treated as a big-time celebrity wherever he goes, as UFC President Dana White hung out with him at the big event:
Incredible fight can't thank you enough @danawhite @lorenzofertitta and congrats to @TJDillashaw #UFC173 pic.twitter.com/kRKMPq4uji— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 25, 2014
After the event, White said that he and Manziel have known each other for awhile, as the two had dinner 8 months ago. White also said that Manziel is "one of the nicest people you'll ever meet." Attending the UFC event wasn't all Manziel did in Vegas, though. Before the fight, Manziel attended a pool party along with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski:
@DustinFox37 Look at Johnny and Gronk living it up in Vegas this weekend pic.twitter.com/sig9JY9wce— Joe Kovacs (@ValleyJoe_) May 25, 2014
I don't always ask for pictures, but when I do, it's so I can do this. pic.twitter.com/kWZxv9G77V— Elika Sadeghi (@steakNstiffarms) May 25, 2014
I don't have an issue with this, but some people might be a little irked by it. Take Dustin Fox for example, who hosts a radio show on 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland:
Somewhere tonight Hoyer is sipping an Aquafina and watching some game film laughing at how easy this competition is going to be. #GoBrowns— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) May 25, 2014
I have no problem with guys letting loose in the off season. Hell I did it too. Just think rookie offseason is different. Go study up..— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) May 25, 2014
Others, including former Browns QB Derek Anderson, don't see it as a big deal:
@DustinFox37 there are 3000 other athletes in Vegas this weekend. Why is Johnny the only one everyone is worried about?— Derek Anderson (@DAnderson314) May 25, 2014
Breaking: Johnny Manziel went to Vegas for the holiday weekend; now back to your regularly scheduled programming— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) May 25, 2014
Which crowd do you fall in to?