June 17th, 2013 11:08 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Jessica Biel, Johnny Football, Justin Timberlake, Tim Tebow
If your parents have money, it stands to reason that you might have a few more shiny toys and behind-the-red-rope opportunities than the next guy. And as it turns out, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel comes from a family with plenty of cash to burn.
When the quarterback’s front-row seats to an NBA game became a national topic of conversation last December, Manziel tweeted that he’s bought himself “a little birthday present” with his own cash.
When it made national news that he was tooling around college station in a Mercedes-Benz back in March, “his folks have cash” was the quick response from Aggie fans.
Manziel’s parents do have cash and Manziel does like to spend it. Nothing unusual about that. Not every college kid has family money to blow, but they all like to spend whatever they have. Hey, I’ve been there.
Manziel’s high-profile, celebrity lifestyle has even forced A&M’s compliance staff to work overtime to make sure their star player isn’t stepping across any NCAA boundaries. In April, the Heisman-winner sounded altogether sick and tired of having to answer those compliance workers’ questions:
“They keep sending me questionnaires like, ‘How did I got to the Spurs game?’ Even though I’ve been going to Spurs games since I moved to Kerrville when I was in seventh grade. A good family friend who we’ve known since before I every thought of playing college football has a suite there. We’re going to go to the suite and we’re just gonna watch the game. I know (Spurs’ star) Tony Parker on a personal level and if I go down to say hello, I’m not doing anything wrong.
They keep sending me questionnaires asking me who’s funding the trip? Who’s doing this? Every time I respond back, ‘ME, ME and ME’ in capital letters. Hey, I don’t mean to sound rude, but this is stuff I’ve always done, and I know you’re just doing your job, but it gets to you every now and again.”
Enough so that you eventually announce you’re giving up Twitter. Only to get back on Twitter. And tweet the following this weekend:
“Bull**** like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station…whenever it may be”
From the outside looking in, it appears that Manziel — like all those other college kids out there — has yet to learn that there’s a price for everything.
I got my first job while I was still in school. I made a whopping $17,000 that year. Yet I lived rather comfortably thanks to the magic of credit cards. Eventually, I learned that while money and credit can be thrown around for fun… there will be a price to pay at some point. Sometimes I’d blow cash on wants and not have enough to pay for my needs. Then I’d turn to the card, take care of the needs only to have to deal with an ever-growing bill at the first of the next month.
Everything comes with a price. It can be a monetary price — as I and many young kids have learned — or the price could be a loss of anonymity — as Manziel is finding out.
Not many 20-somethings get invited onto the late-night talkshow circuit, hang with sports stars at ballgames, or pal around with pop icons. Manziel gets to and, quite naturally, wants to.
But there’s a cost.
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