A remorseful Johnny Manziel took to Twitter on Monday, apologizing to Texas A&M fans for his actions and saying he’ll do “whatever I can to make it right.” He also pinned a tweet from April saying “Made plenty of mistakes along the way, have a lot I’d do differently. To all my family and real friends who have stuck by me…THANK YOU.”
It seems the 23-year-old Manziel is attempting an NFL comeback, but where is he mentally? It seems impossible to gauge from the outside where he is with his friends, his family and his life, no?
“I’d agree with all that,” Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’ve been trying to get him on my podcast for like three years. He just tickles me. He always says he’s going to do it but never does it. So I actually declared that Johnny is dead to me the other day.”
Manziel shared the video in which Portnoy made that statement and tweeted, “Prez don’t be that way.”
Portnoy, who is sometimes called “El Presidente,” doesn’t know what to make of the mercurial Manziel.
“How do you know (what he’s really thinking)?” Portnoy asked. “When I talk to him – and I have talked to him a decent amount in the last six months. Weird, strange, FaceTime messages and stuff when I’m talking to the guy at 10 at night and I don’t even know what we’re talking about. I’ve never met him. He acts normal when I’m talking to him, but then you see all these things, these stories. Just the other day, he punched some dude in the face at a wedding. So who knows? I think he’s all over the map. I think what’s unusual is he has money and means and all that stuff, but if you know what is actually going on in his head right now, then you’re Freud, I guess. He’s just all over the map. It’s different every day.”
Portnoy said Manziel seems like a “normal guy” during their FaceTime conversations.
“A lot of it is, ‘I’m going to show them,’” Portnoy said. “A lot of times I think he thinks some of the stories that are coming out are unfair – and there is an element that I would back up. For whatever reason – maybe it’s the college career – he still moves the needle. We’re talking about Johnny Manziel right now. Really, if you think about it, why? He’s just an electric sort of figure, and I think some of the things maybe that become huge stories with him aren’t always huge stories. Clearly maybe the abuse thing. I think the New York Post ran a story around Fourth of July weekend or something where he stood up a plane, he was supposed to be at a party, his family didn’t know where he was (and there was just a lot of miscommunication). It was totally blown out of proportion, which the New York Post and those people will do. So I think the truth is somewhere in between.”
In other entertainment news, Portnoy compared the recent drama with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Taylor Swift to the WWE.
“This is Vince McMahon (stuff),” Portnoy said. “There is no way – there is no way – these people aren’t in cahoots. Listen, the Kardashians are on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. If you talk to Kanye or the Kardashians, you know you’re being taped. Come on. For an hour? You don’t think she knew that she was going to be on tape? This is Vince McMahon 101.”