Johnny Manziel engages in Twitter beef, acts all mature

While we at 3Down have occasionally been less than supportive of Johnny Manziel’s decision-making process, particularly when it seemed like he was either a) big-timing the CFL or b) putting marketing opportunities ahead of football concerns. But let us take a moment to recognize the young man’s restraint in dealing with Saturday’s social media beef involving Michael Rappaport.

Stick with us, this is gonna take a minute to explain.

Rapaport is an actor and podcaster who has recently parted ways with the folks at Barstool Sports after a short-lived partnership. Barstool has long been a supporter of Manziel and he was recently interviewed on one of their podcasts. On Saturday, Manziel posted a photo on his Instagram story of Rapaport portrayed as a clown – yes a literal clown – and tagged Barstool founder Dave Portnoy.

Rapaport was not amused and came back hard on Twitter, including a screenshot from Manziel’s Instagram.

OK, it can be cold in Canada we’ll give him that. But insulting Manziel using his well-documented substance abuse issues and attempt to get sober seems a bit harsh, even in this age of no holds barred social media.

One would have expected Manziel to respond in kind but instead, he took the high road and gave what, under the circumstances, is a perfectly reasonable and measured response.

Rapaport wasn’t done, however, and responded to Manziel a second time. He even referenced the CFL saying “get yourself some thermals and a sleeping bag and get ready to go to Canada.”

Including Rapaport in the initial Instagram post was clearly unnecessary but the responses are wayyyy over the top. Even if you’re inclined to be cynical about Manziel’s recent redemption media tour, the man deserves the benefit of the doubt on mental health and addiction issues. Michael Rapaport just seems like a hyper-sensitive jerk while Manziel seems almost… mature?

Yeah, we’re as surprised as anyone.


20 Comments on Johnny Manziel engages in Twitter beef, acts all mature

  1. Good for him. We need more of this maturity on twitter

  2. Puck hog // March 11, 2018 at 1:57 am //

    Because Johnny says he has mental problems, do we all of a sudden forget his past and then proclaim that he is a poor soul that deserves to play in Cansda

    • Bloodshed // March 13, 2018 at 9:04 am //

      So no matter what people say we should never ever give them any opportunity at redeeming themselves or demonstrating us some kind of change; no we should always hang that Damocles sword on top of their head until they die because that’s what they deserve for not holding up our standards of behaviour. Yes, being unforgiving and holding resentment is the way to go! Congrats, you’re another ”perfect” person! #givemeabreak

  3. Rapaport’s promo just turned Manziel into a sympathetic babyface. Not bad considering Manziel is universally hated. Maybe Vince McMahon can take some lessons as he’s been trying for years to get Roman Reigns over.

    • Bloodshed // March 13, 2018 at 9:20 am //

      This is partly true, yes now Manziel is portrayed under a new or somewhat different light, but he hasn’t turned yet into a babyface, that’ll take perhaps more time. One thing he’s not is ”universally hated” – 99% of his signature apparel ”Comeback$zn” is already sold out, so if that’s a real gauge of appreciation, he’s doing pretty well.

  4. Ah Gawd! The daily Manziel report.

  5. ticats63 // March 11, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    Why do you guys (running this web site) continue providing insecure juveniles like this with a forum?
    Stick to the real football stories, please.
    This isn’t a story, its filler.

    • Bloodshed // March 13, 2018 at 9:28 am //

      It may be filler, but it’s how things are. You don’t like it, don’t click it. Your comment won’t change the fact that they will continue to do it, moreover as it pertains (even remotely) to the CFL; but not just the CFL but a somewhat popular character. And you have to understand online business a bit: if an avid reader of 3downnation doesn’t have a twitter account or hasn’t heard it in the news, he or she will get that info from this site. Yes I agree, it’s not earth shattering breaking news but it’s still something new so it must be published.

  6. Awaiting Moderation // March 11, 2018 at 8:51 am //

    Rappaport should learn to spell.It would give him more credibility.

    Manziel should stop provoking people. Remember, he is the one who started this by wearing the clown t-shirt.

    And as others have posted…who cares about any of this?

  7. ticats63 I like your “insincere juveniles” comment but I don’t agree that this story is an unsuitable football topic. I find that Human interest stories provide some of the most interesting stories about athletes.
    P.S. There seems to be an underlying belief among everyone who has commented that somehow Johnny Manziel is an unworthy human being because he made some bad decisions in his early 20’s. Perhaps putting Johnny down is their way of lifting themselves up to feel superior to them. Just saying.

    I guess everyone here who has commented has never ere must have led perfect lives with seem very hung up on the fact that Johnny Manziel has

  8. Thank you 3 down nation for your post. It summarized and simplified what happened well. I have been a Johnny Manziel follower through his carrer and was extremely disappointed his off field issues. He has come out as being bipolar which was the cause of said issues. What a great comeback story and an example for many who are diagnosed as bipolar. This would be one if the greatest stories in sports. We should call him out going forward as we would anyone else but in the meantime he needs yes needs support not negativity. Again thank you 3 DN for posting

  9. Scottsask // March 11, 2018 at 11:05 am //

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz, wake me up when the season starts.

  10. richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // March 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm //

    Seems like Johnny’s learning. I hope it’s really his own results rather than coaching from his agent.

  11. Darrel Boles // March 11, 2018 at 10:14 pm //

    If Manziel shows, all the distraction he brings will test the Ticats (re)found maturity. If the new coaching staff is as good as we hope Manziel will merely be a flicker on the screen and will quietly disappear, skills shown up and publicity goals reached. On to the autograph table with Pete Rose and OJ!

  12. Rappaport is the jerk here not Manziel. Manziel seems like he is trying while this guy goes off as the child in this conversation. Kids might be watching this, so who is the one acting like a spoiled little punk,it is this Rappaport idiot.. That was sickening.

    • Bloodshed // March 13, 2018 at 9:41 am //

      As much as I am not a happy ”let’s-bash-Manziel” fan, we have to try to be impartial. Yes, Rapaport should be called out for making fun of a mental illness, but Manziel shouldn’t have posted a picture of the clown t-shirt with the words @stoolpresidente over it. That’s provocation. I’m all for second chances and all, but if he had kept his feet on the road of respect and maturity none of this would have happened. You can like (or be keen on giving that person another chance) a person but dislike their deeds and that’s the matter here.

  13. Paul Bomber // March 12, 2018 at 11:41 am //

    At this moment, Michael Rappaport is putting a check mark next to the line on his to-do list that says “Tweet something so outrageous that it gets my name spread by legit media outlets”

  14. The guys at 3down need to have a spin off blog called where they just dish dirt on Canadian celebrities or anyone with a connection to Canada in any way. I would think Montreal native William Shatner and Mississauga born NBA player Tristan Thompson who is the baby daddy for one of the Kardashian girlz should be fun to dish on. Meanwhile don’t report on Manziel till he plays in Spring league as he does have an apparent standing contract he can sign anytime with the Ti-cats. And keep it to passing and running only. Not late nights in Austin Texas bars.

    • Paul Bomber // March 12, 2018 at 12:22 pm //

      oh man…. I’d LOVE to hear Shatner do a weekly CFL thing. He could be like the CFL’s “Don Cherry”!

  15. Stan Makita // March 12, 2018 at 10:23 pm //

    Manziel took the high road after instigating in the first place?
    Rappaport makes it abundantly clear that if you come at him then it’s open season on you and your family, Manziel should have kept his mouth shut or should have worn a shirt with himself as a clown – would be more fitting.

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