Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 7/17/13
As Johnny Manziel tries to put out a media brushfire at SEC Media Days, a report says he was a problem from the beginning of his time at the Manning Passing Academy. And his parents had to call in sick for him. The New York Daily News, citing an anonymous source, said that Manziel arrived late to the camp on Thursday and missed a meeting. Then, again according to the source, Manziel was late to early Friday training sessions. The report goes on to say that on Saturday morning, Manziel could not be found and camp officials called his parents. Manziel's parents called back "hours later" to say their son was too sick to participate. At that point, the Mannings Archie, Peyton and Eli decided it was best for Manziel to go home. On Wednesday before the assembled national and SEC media, Manziel disputed this and other reports that he was hungover at the camp. Manziel said he simply overslept and that it was a mutual decision for him to leave early. Manziel's coach, Kevin Sumlin, said that he received a call from the Manning camp about Manziel's early departure, which could be an indication of the nature of the situation. While it may be easy to dismiss a sourced report from a New York media outlet about an incident involving a Texas quarterback in Louisiana, the Manning Passing Academy attracts media from all over hoping to gain access to high-profile quarterbacks present, including Eli Manning who plays for a New York team. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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