Everyone has been discussing that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has to become a better role model for their children. In the course of their discussion, though, they omit an important part of the conversation: his job.
Following last week’s 52-31 Aggie win at Kyle Field, a concerned mother–Beth Bates, wrote him a letter explaining how he should act because there are young kids who look up to him and that he needs to become a better role model for them.
The problem with all of this is that Johnny Manziel is not your child’s parent, nor is he someone your child will ever come into contact with, so telling this 20 year old college football player to be your child’s role model is wrong. His goal is to throw the football and win games for the Texas A&M Aggies, not to be your child’s role model–that is your job as a parent. This mother has it all wrong; it is her job to be a role model for her child, not Johnny Manziel’s. He is only a 20 year old college student, and Bates needs to weigh that fact when she criticizes Manziel.
Charles Barkley said it best, “I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Yes, Manziel has a lot of growing up to do, as he is a huge public figure. But asking him to be a role model and criticizing him when he fails is wrong. He is a maturing college student athlete and we have no right to judge his every falter. If we were put under the same pressure we would probably fall short as well.