Just a guess here, but Johnny Manziel is probably a really good teammate. He’s a nice guy, he works hard, he loves football, etc., etc.
The only downside to being a teammate of Manziel’s? Lots of questions about Manziel.
Fellow rookie Terrance West, a running back out of Towson (Jason La Canfora did a great piece on the small-school star before the draft here), admitted on Friday they’re “a distraction.”
West was speaking at the Play 60 event leading up to the NFL Symposium. And, really, how can the questions not be a distraction?
You’re trying to start your life as a professional in your new vocation and focus on improving your game and all the media wants to talk about is whether or not Johnny Football riding an inflatable swan is a distraction.
Anytime someone asks you if something’s a distraction, well, it’s probably a distraction. Or it immediately became one. (And think about how meta we’ve gotten: West was asked a question about being asked a question about Manziel. We’re through the distraction looking glass at this point.)
West didn’t put down Manziel or even complain about his behavior. But he’s tired of being asked about someone else. And you can’t really blame him.