As Johnny Manziel tries to resurrect his football career in Canada, it’s only natural that guys already playing there will: (1) resent him; and (2) try to provoke him.
Manziel’s history has given anyone who would like to try to get under his skin plenty of ammunition for doing so. The failed former first-rounder washed out of the NFL in a haze of substance abuse and, ultimately, a domestic violence incident. Then came more substance abuse, and various TMZ-style tales of entitlement run amok.
The Vikings definitely are. But the good vibes of spring last for only so long.
It’s obviously great to be in a position where they believe in you and want you. But at the same time, I can say a lot of positive things about our time here, but it’s been two months, and I haven’t played a game yet, Cousins admitted. We’ve got to win football games.
For the rest of your life you’re going to have people telling you what you can and cannot do, Harrison said. Nobody can determine what you do but yourself, and what I’ve realized through my life is my attitude controls everything. I was told I would never walk again, I would live the rest of my life in a wheelchair. And I’m here standing in front of you today.
Harrison is best remembered for rushing for a Browns franchise record 286 yards in a 2009 game against the Chiefs. But for as many people as there were watching him that day, Harrison may inspire more people today.
Or maybe not. In Grimm’s article, one legal expert compares the situation to hosting a private birthday party in a public park. NFL games represent a private business endeavor that plays out in a public arena that anyone who pays the appropriate fee may attend. A plausible argument could be made that the close relationship between NFL teams and the publicly-owned stadiums transforms everything about the situation into a public event.
Ultimately, an anthem-based fight would play out in every publicly-funded stadium, with careful inspection of the leases needed to determine whether there may be any plausible basis for arguing that private employers cannot infringe upon First Amendment rights in an inherently public setting. Beckham’s existing lawsuit, if the NFLPA were to join it, could provide the test case.
And Beckham seems to be interested in partnering up with the NFLPA.