Heisman Trophy: Johnny Manziel Left Off Sports Illustrated Writer's Ballot Due to "pending criminal charges"

If you thought former Heisman winner Jason White filled out a horrible Heisman ballot – putting Landry Jones third, and not voting for Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel – Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans may have topped it:

I realize I don’t have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on my ballot. I don’t consider players with pending criminal charges, and Manziel still faces three counts relating to an early morning fight in June. Manziel has been spectacular, but when he wins the Heisman on Saturday night, he should give it away — to coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, for being the best at their positions this season, for implementing Texas A&M’s high-powered scheme and for standing by Manziel.

What a laughable way to frame the argument – I’ll pin it on the summer arrest, then note that even if Manziel wins it, he doesn’t deserve it, and the A&M coaching staff does. What are the “pending criminal charges,” you ask? Here are the details from June:

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was arrested and jailed early Friday after he was involved in a fight and police said he produced a fake ID.

College Station police spokeswoman Rhonda Seaton says Manziel, 19, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identity and possessing a false identification card, all misdemeanors. He was jailed overnight and released Friday afternoon, Seaton said.

Seaton says an officer on bike patrol intervened to break up a fight between Hanziel and McKinney. McKinney told the officer that Brant, Manziel’s friend, called him a racial slur and he approached Brant. Seaton says Manziel then shoved McKinney and the two exchanged punches.

When officers asked Manziel for an ID, he produced a phony Louisiana driver’s license that showed his birthday as Dec. 6, 1990.

How many of you reading this handed a cop a fake ID in college? Or got in a fight? This scuffle qualifies as a criminal charge? Pfft.

Sports Illustrated had seven voters put Manziel 1st, and the 8th voter, Evans, completely left the freshman QB off the ballot. [SI via Ben]

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