The guy who once ripped Cam Newton for having a fake smile is now going after Johnny Manziel in equally silly and overblown fashion.
In his rundown of 2014 prospects with “character red flags,” noted draft expert and amateur psychologist Nolan Nawrocki had this to say about Manziel, a guy widely regarded as a top-10 talent:
Suspect intangibles — not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. … Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.
Oh no, Johnny Manziel has a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance. Better not draft him!
How can we ever forget Nawrocki’s epic take down of Cam Newton ahead of the 2011 draft? That assessment included these brilliant lines:
Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.
Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room.
Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.
He always will test the rules, be difficult to manage and lacks the intangibles to win the trust of a locker room. Will require a very strong-willed, demanding coach to live up to his potential and avoid the trappings of fame and fortune, but even the greatest taskmaster will not be able to keep away the drama that is still swirling from a stained Heisman Trophy and littered recruiting trail that Newton left in the SEC.
Yup, that Cam Newton. No character. No class. All arrogance. What a bust he turned out to be.
Glad Nolan Nawrocki is here to sound the alarm on these locker room poison guys and their lack of intangibles. Stay away from Johnny Manziel, Vikings. He doesn’t care about being a good teammate or winning or any of that stuff.
He only cares about seeking the bright lights of Hollywood.
And sometimes, I swear, when he smiles…seems just little bit fake.