Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 7/14/13

The maturation of Johnny Football continues to be a labor-intensive process. Our boots on the ground in Thibodaux, La. — believe it or not, we have them — informed us that Johnny Manziel was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy on Saturday afternoon by Archie Manning himself. Our source, who wishes to remain anonymous because of his connection to the camp, gave us the scoop after Manziel showed up tardy Saturday afternoon after being out on the town Friday night. The Texas A&M star reportedly enjoyed himself a little too much Friday night and rolled back into the camp at Nicholls State University some time around noon Saturday before getting the boot. Manziel was supposed to participate in the “Air It Out” competition along with other top collegiate passers Saturday evening. He didn’t. Camp officials told local media that Manziel “is sick” and was no longer at the camp. But our source claims he was kicked out at the behest of Archie Manning. Granted, if Manziel was hungover as hell, the official party line of being sick might not even qualify as a little white lie. But unless he mysteriously ate some bad etoufee, it appears this illness was brought about by some behavioral choices. Our friends at Busted Coverage found some pictures of Manziel and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron hanging out Friday night with Peyton and Eli Manning. Clearly Manziel wound up taking things a bit too far. This is just the latest story about the offseason off-the-field antics of Manziel, which are best categorized as “Bobby Layne-esque.” As one who did plenty of dumb stuff during college, I can certainly empathize with the concept of letting a kid be a kid. But the playbook changes a bit when you have won the Heisman Trophy. And it changes even more when you are at a camp run by the First Family of NFL quarterbacks. If Manziel pissed off the Mannings, you can bet it will not reflect well in the eyes of NFL scouts. It would appear Archie wanted to teach the kid a lesson, but not embarrass him by publicly explaining why he wasn’t present Saturday night. Manziel better take the message to heart if he doesn’t want to end up just another Heisman winner who couldn’t hack it when he got to the NFL. Already this summer Manziel has gotten a parking ticket and railed against living in College Station, after that incident, reports surfaced that he almost transferred away from Texas A&M before the 2012 season. Back in January Manziel felt comfortable taking pictures of himself a ton of cash at a casino and he has sat courtside at a few NBA games. The kid is clearly loving the spotlight, maybe a little too much. This latest incident might be the most troubling though. *Several members of the Rumors and Rants staff contributed to this report

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