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Johnny Manziel Explains Twitter Hiatus

March 28, 2013

Don't worry, Twitter. Johnny Football hasn't quit you -- he's not altogether sure he can. He's just taking an indefinite hiatus.

For months, Johnny Manziel's feed has provided frequent glimpses into the life of a sudden celebrity. As of Wednesday afternoon, @JManziel2 had 332,209 followers. Everything from the Heisman Trophy winner's brushes with pop stars and pro athletes to his spring break adventures in Mexico seemed to go viral.

"For me, Twitter is good. You can get a lot of information out," the Texas A&M quarterback said. "But it can also be bad as well, with everything you do on there taken in a different context than what it may be. So it's kind of a double-edged sword."

Manziel called something he didn't do "the last straw." After spending much of the weekend away from the social media platform, he said he was surprised to discover Monday afternoon that Ohio State fans were angry at him, thinking he had tweeted insults toward Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft.

Manziel said the tweets were faked.

He tweeted: "Aaron Craft is easily one of my favorite players in the tourney all these tweets are FALSE. Kid has lockdown D& kept his team alive #respect"

And then, @JManziel2 went dark. Although he hasn't suspended the account, he deleted the Twitter app from his smartphone.

"I was already flustered enough with it," he said. "When that happened, I was like, 'There's no good coming from it.' I don't want to delete my Twitter. I've met a lot of cool people on Twitter. It's a good way to communicate.

"But at the same time, it's not worth having to deal with this. ... I'm just going to stay away from it."

For how long? Manziel isn't sure. He promises to return "whenever I feel like it" but said it won't be soon. Like many others, he has become addicted and spends spare moments scrolling through tweets.

"I was thinking, 'Dang, what am I going to do? ... But I'll figure something out,'" he said.

"I'm just going to stay away from it," Johnny Manziel says about Twitter.



Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2013


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