Two-time Emmy winner Charles Barkley is annoyed, and he's annoyed with Johnny Manziel, one of college football's most high profile ballplayers. In an interview earlier this week, the TNT sports commentator told a Chicago radio station that the impossible was about to happen because of Manziel -- Barkley is considering supporting his alma mater's arch rival, the Alabama Crimson Tide in it's Saturday game against Texas A&M.
CBS News reported Sept. 12 that the former Auburn basketball standout and NBA all-star has had enough of Johnny Football's antics on and off the field. But college football reporter Tom Fornelli notes that Barkley may not be the best person to comment on the "annoying" things that Johnny Manziel has done recently.
But, then, who better than an expert?
"Johnny Manziel, he's doing something I never thought was possible," Barkley told ESPN Radio in Chicago. "He's going to make me root for Alabama this weekend. I never thought I would say those words. I am so close to saying 'Roll Tide.' Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I'm really close to saying 'Roll Tide.'"
Barkley attended Auburn University, playing basketball for three seasons from 1981-84. Saying "Roll Tide" for a Tigers alum is nearly punishable by self-inflicted death (it's just mentally incomprehensible).
"[Auburn fans are] not going to be happy, but let me tell you something. Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus.... I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months."
Saved by Miley Cyrus? Now, that's kind of low. Almost nobody but Miley Cyrus' family members supported her now infamous twerking routine at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, arguably the worst live performance on television since the Black Eyed Peas' 2011 Super Bowl halftime performance. But that might be a bit unfair to Manziel, because at least the Texas A&M star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner didn't suffer near universal condemnation for his performances (just the asinine stuff surrounding and apart from his performances). Still, his own father said he needs a little guidance, so...
And some people will take exception with Barkley's having comments about Johnny Manziel's somewhat questionable behavior, but, again, who better than the experienced to talk about what others shouldn't do? At the same time, it lends the speaker no protection against accusations of hypocrisy.
But an Auburn alum rooting for Alabama? There are some getting ready for the Alabama - Texas A&M game forecasting freezing conditions in the underworld before they follow Charles Barkley's lead, no matter what Johnny Manziel has done.