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The Oral History of Johnny Football
Andy Staples
December 10, 2012
FRIENDS, FAMILY, COACHES AND TEXAS A&M QB JOHNNY MANZIEL HIMSELF EXPLAIN HOW HE WENT FROM HYPERCOMPETITIVE TEXAS TOT TO BEST PLAYER IN THE NATION
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December 10, 2012

The Oral History Of Johnny Football

FRIENDS, FAMILY, COACHES AND TEXAS A&M QB JOHNNY MANZIEL HIMSELF EXPLAIN HOW HE WENT FROM HYPERCOMPETITIVE TEXAS TOT TO BEST PLAYER IN THE NATION

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—Tom Rossley

Off-Field Trouble

Early on the morning of June 29, Manziel and friend Steven Brant were leaving a bar in the Northgate section of College Station. Brant, a 150-pounder who played receiver at Tivy and who has become an unofficial member of the Manziel family after the deaths of both his parents, allegedly uttered a heinous racial slur. That led to a fight and an arrest, for which Manziel is still awaiting his day in court.

"After stopping the fight and detaining the parties involved, I spoke with the black male, later identified as Marvin McKinney, who had been an active participant in the fight. Marvin advised that two males, one in a white shirt and one in a blue shirt, had been walking towards him on Church Avenue. Marvin said that the male in the blue shirt, later identified as Steven Brant, looked directly at him, pointed and shouted "you black n-----." This caused Marvin to become upset and confront the other male, later identified ... as the defendant.... An independent witness, Christopher Moody ... said that when Marvin approached the two males, he began trying to get close to Steven, who had called him the vulgar word. The defendant stepped in between Steven and Marvin and told Marvin that Steven had not meant to say the word and that he was taking him home. Moody said that Marvin continued to push against the defendant and the defendant shoved Marvin in the chest. Marvin then swung at the defendant who charged Marvin and began punching Marvin back.... The defendant handed Officer Yargo this identification, which was a Louisiana driver's license. The driver's license indicated that the defendant was 21.... A short time later Sgt. Beatty looked in the defendant's wallet and found two other driver's licenses, one fake TX driver's license and the defendant's real driver's license.... The defendant's eyes were red, bloodshot and glassy, and his speech was slurred.... The defendant appeared to be so intoxicated that he could not answer my questions about the incident except to tell me that he wanted a ride home and he was sorry."

—From probable cause statements written by College Station police officer Christopher Phillips

"The first thing that goes through your mind is how many people you've let down."

—Johnny Manziel

"I could have killed him."

—Michelle Manziel

"That's your first instinct. Leave his ass in jail. I'll get him when he sobers up. He had to sit there all night wondering."

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