The mere mention of Johnny Manziel’s name can trigger an array of emotions from those who watch him play or read about him in the news.
Some people love him, others hate him and old-school football coaches apparently want to hurt him.
Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer was upset with the way Manziel treated Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who was trying to lecture the second-year quarterback following a ridiculous 15-yard penalty for taunting a couple Rice players. Instead of stopping and listening to his coach, Manziel walked right past Sumlin and was immediately criticized for having a bad attitude and being uncoachable.
Switzer said Manziel’s actions wouldn’t have been tolerated in his day.
“I'm certainly disappointed in his actions,” Switzer told ESPN Radio. “For him to act so arrogant, I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him. Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. It's the world we live in. It's a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”
Of course Switzer wasn’t the first coach to be insulted by Manziel’s actions.
Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, who is now an ESPN analyst, said: “I would have grabbed him by the throat.”
Commentator Matt Millen chimed in during the Ohio-Louisville game by said he would have put his “size 13 boot” where the sun don’t shine.
Wow, anger issues, anyone?
Sumlin downplayed the incident by saying Manziel didn’t ignore him, but it was clear to everyone watching the interaction that the Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of respect for his head coach.
It seems like every week, Manziel gives people a new reason to hate him. If former coaches are annoyed with him enough to want to inflict violence on him, we wonder what current NFL coaches are thinking?