The problems with Manziel’s comments about the Browns

Earlier today, we posted an item based on a quote from Johnny Manziel that had been pushed to Twitter by Andrew Perloff of The Dan Patrick Show, during Dan’s interview of Manziel. Some took issue with this, claiming that the comments were “taken out of context,” twisted to support a predetermined narrative.

This is a claim that emerges from time to time in the sports world, a second cousin once removed of the”fake news” shout, from those who prefer to ignore the words that came from someone’s mouth. Manziel’s words weren’t “taken out of context”; it was an isolated quote that has the same meaning in context as it has out of context.

How is the phrase “if Cleveland did any of their homework” anything other than a slap at Cleveland for not figuring out that Manziel was lying to them? Does anyone think that Manziel, when meeting with the Browns (or anyone else) in the pre-draft process said, “I’m not a guy who came in every day and watched film” and “I’m not a guy who really knows the X’s and O’s of football”? He surely said the opposite, which definitely means he was saying what he needed to say in order to get drafted as high as possible.

But the Bengals have been looking for an upgrade in the secondary, and they may be the team to give Reid an offer. If they do, it may quell the talk that he’s been blackballed, although questions about why it took so long for him to get an offer will persist.

Reid was the first player to join then-teammate Colin Kaepernick‘s protest in 2016.

Eric Karabell: Scott Kingery has appeared in seven games so far and already played five positions, so I would call that kind of impressive. At the plate, he has hit three doubles and certainly could stick in the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Fantasy managers are spending so much time worrying about whether he will become a regular at any position that they overlook the potential for more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. So far I have seen every indication that a 20-20 campaign is feasible, as is more than 500 at-bats.

I also think Miami’s Brian Anderson, Pittsburgh’s Colin Moran and Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker will be successful thanks to excellent plate discipline and in each case undervalued power.patriots_113-223x223

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