Texas A&M Aggies quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel tweets Marshall Henderson some advice on Saturday:
.@nativeflash22 Keep hoopin and don’t listen all the BS. Keep the green light green!
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 23, 2013
The Ole Miss Rebels guard Henderson shook off a wretched shooting first half to help his team past the Wisconsin Badgers in NCAA tournament Round of 64 action. Henderson’s garnered plenty of attention this season — some of it negative. Henderson transferred to Ole Miss after an ill-fated run with the Utah Utes. He was arrested for forgery in 2010 and served 25 days in jail for violation of his probation.
Basketball media has embraced Henderson’s unrepentant style of play and demonstrative personality, though not everyone is ready to let go of his checkered past.
Johnny Manziel similarly captivated the football-following nation this past autumn en route to becoming the first freshman Heisman winner, but had his own prior transgressions haunting him. Manziel’s exploits this off-season have turned some in the football media into paparazzi, following his many court-side appearances at NBA games and raucous spring break festivities with the same zeal as TMZ chronicling Lindsay Lohan.
The attention is so great, FOXSports Southwest’s Keith Whitmire hypothesizes Manziel will leave for the NFL after the 2013 season, despite his style defying most every professional quarterbacking convention.
Manziel’s tweet to Henderson shows a solidarity among high-profile college athletes, though I suspect it’s a tactic to throw me off the trail — I’m convinced the two SEC stars are the same person. Has anyone seen them in the same place at the same time?