Athlete’s Inappropriate Actions

Money Manziel

Johnny Manziel throwing up his money sign during a Texas A&M game. Photos curtesy of creative commons. Gathered by Paityn Waller



Staff Writer: Matthew Sanchez 

In the last few months there has been many players that have been either suspended or got in some sort of trouble by their team because of their actions on the field. Players have been fighting, doing inappropriate gestures and saying the wrong things. Baker Mayfield has been in the news a lot lately because of his actions. Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree have been suspended for fighting…again. Another example, which is older, is Johnny Manziel and the trouble he got in while in college and the NFL. There have been many other situations with players getting in trouble. 

I will start out with Manziel. Manziel’s career started in 2012 when he led Texas A&M to a victory over No. 1 Alabama. But during the season he started facing problems with the police. During his redshirt freshman season he was charged with a misdemeanor, but the charges were later dropped. At the end of the season he was rewarded the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to receive the award. In his next season, he was suspended for the first half of the game by the NCAA for signing autographs for money. 

Manziel then entered the NFL draft and was selected 22nd by the Cleveland Browns. It was a risky selection as the Browns knew about his reputation, and have seen the pictures that have surfaced of Manziel partying. It turned out to hurt the Browns. His on-field actions, such as giving the middle finger to the opposing teams bench, hurt his reputation and lead to him getting in more trouble. He continued to get in trouble with the law and social media as pictures of him partying was posted. He was finally released by the Browns and now is a free agent. 

Another situation on the field with players that lead to suspension, is the on field fight between Talib and Crabtree. These two players have had a history between them. When the Broncos played the Raiders a few Sundays ago, a brawl broke out between these two after Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off…again. Both players were ejected and later suspended for a game by the NFL.  

Baker Mayfield has been in the top of the sports news the last few weeks. He is leading the Oklahoma Sooners to a playoff game against UGA. He is one of the best QBs in the country, even though he was doubted all his life and had to walk on at Oklahoma. But Mayfield has gotten in trouble with the law and is known to have a big trash talking. In February, Mayfield was charged with four misdemeanors. Although he did not get suspended, it hurt his reputation on the team. After falling short of the Heisman Trophy in 2016, Mayfield came back better than ever. In a recent game against Kansas, he got into some more trouble. It started when the Kansas captains refused to shake his hand, Mayfield did not forget that. He played a very good game and blew out Kansas, but he had a lot of trash talking. He got caught grabbing his crotch while staring down the Kansas sideline, and also yelling to the Kansas fans that they should cheer on basketball instead. His punishment for his actions was that he could not start the next game and was not captain. 

These players all got themselves into trouble with either their on or off field actions. These are just a few as many players have been getting themselves into trouble in the recent world of sports. I think that these players should be able to control themselves since they are professional and collegiate athletes. If they keep acting like that, the punishments will keep coming. 

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