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New York Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Says He’d Be Concerned with Johnny Manziel’s Actions

July 8th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The Cleveland Brown seem relatively indifferent toward their quarterback, Johnny Manziel, and his seemingly immature, care-free actions. But New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said that would be a different story in The Big Apple, and that they would be legitimately concerned with Manziel and the potential harm he could cause himself and the team.

"I would be concerned, but I think if you look at the culture and history of the Giants, he really doesn't fit the profile historically of New York Giant football players," Tisch told TMZ Sports. "We have a fantastic quarterback, who I hope has another amazing season. I wish Manziel all the best."

In other words, Manziel is too much of a loose cannon and entirely too unpredictable for the Giants. And although they have had some questionable characters in their past — namely Lawrence Taylor — the team generally tries to steer clear of players with character concerns.

That being said, reports leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft indicated that General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. would consider drafting Manziel if he was available to them, although they ultimately opted to go with LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in Round 1.

As to not cause too much controversy, Tisch gave Manziel the benefit of the doubt, saying the youngster should be able to put everything together and do what it takes to help the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

"I think he knows what he has to do to stay on the team, to work with his teammates, to be a part of a very functional and productive locker room and a lot's going to come out once training camp starts," Tisch added.

If early indications offer us a glimpse into the future, Manziel's fame is likely to be short-lived. He just doesn't seem like someone taking his career very seriously and it's hard to argue with Tisch's stance.

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Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, Johnny Manziel, Lawrence Taylor, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Steve Tisch

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5 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch Says He’d Be Concerned with Johnny Manziel’s Actions”

  1.  Kettles78 says:

    I get the fact that a lot of NFL players party but this kid likes to flaunt it too. Rolling up dollar bills like your about to do a line and taking a picture of it and posting it is just him crying out for attention that he craves. For his sake he better hope he can live up the expectations he is setting for himself. Lucky for him he is in Cleveland not in the NY area acting like this.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    All that’s going to matter is what he does once training camp commences. This is the time of year when NFL players get to forget about football while they get their bodies prepared for the pounding that starts within a few weeks.

    I have no idea how this kid will do, but in college he apparently had a reputation of being a party boy who was all business at practices and on Saturdays. If he succeeds on the field no one will begrudge his having a good time off it. If he tanks then the criticism will be volcanic, but of course he knows that.

    Frankly, the league could use a few more “characters” as long as they’re on the right side of the law. Joe Namath is STILL loved in New York, not only for winning a championship, but for his style. Same goes for Clyde (I assume I needn’t point out who that is, which is precisely my point). Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle were actually more beloved by fans than is Derek Jeter. They were “characters”, not the cool-headed, careful breed of athletes that are more the norm today. I’m skeptical about Manziel, but there’s no question he has that “it” factor. If the kid can play, and can avoid injury, he could blow up into one of the biggest stars in years.

  3.  Krow says:

    “I don’t know all that much about players from other teams so I’m reluctant to make any comments. Naturally I wish him the best.”

    I wish they’d send this out to all staff with a thinly veiled threat of termination if they stray from the script. Johnny Vegas doesn’t need any statements from the NY Giants. He’s more than capable of destroying his career on his own.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I really don’t care about the off the field stuff. But I always thought his game was going to have difficulty translating into a successful NFL QB. I love characters so I agree with F55, I just have serious doubts if this kid is more than solid as an NFL QB. I do think NFL QB with the way the game is played today is extremely difficulty and it’s much harder to be good without the over-studying type of attitude. At minimal the kid has the stay out of pictures if he’s going out. He’s putting a ton of pressure on his-self to succeed.

  5.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    As an old Brooklyn Dodger fan I could never hold with some of the characters who played for the Yankees (and there were a lot of them). We will never know how great some of them could have been if they kept their lives as straight as Berra or Joey D. (Or maybe, considering the pressure of the game, they would have just played like a journeyman).

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