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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press April 20, 2016 Hays CISD Letter of Intention Signings PHOTOS BYJIMCULLEN Hays High senior Dale Caswell signed his letter of intent to play football at Howard Payne University. Joining Caswell were his parents, Dale and Amy Caswell, and his brother, Colt. Lehman High senior soccer player Jennifer Gonzalez signed her national letter of intent to continue her career at Huston- Tillotson University in Austin. Joining her in the photo were parents Janette Velez and Cirino Gonzalez and her sisters. Hays Rebel Johnson Elrod signed on to continue his foot- ball career at Southwestern University in Georgetown. He is joined in the photo by parents Robert and Melisa Elrod. Hays High softball player Karina Rocha signed a letter of intent to continue her career at Angelo State University in San Angelo. She was joined in the photo by parents Carlos and Zulma Rocha. Hays High senior softball player Nadia Netek signed a letter of intent to continue her career at Southwestern Unversity in Georgetown. She was joined in the photo by parents Vanita and Jerry Netek. After months of escending into a ownward spiral, former Texas A&M quar- terback Johnny Manziel may have to find a new line of work soon. It comes after Manziel, aka Johnny Football, saw his career as a pro foot- ball player take another substantial sack this past week. The latest development in the Johnny Football soap opera took place this week when notable agent Drew Rosenhaus officially "fired" Manziel as his client. Rosenhaus, who has represented many big name athletes in the sports industry, cut ties with the embattled quar- terback after he gave what amounted to an ultima- tum. Rosenhaus threat- ened to, and ultimately did, end his relationship with Manziel after Man- ziel failed to receive help for his substance abuse issues. Of course, sports fans who have been following social media or the hot sheets (i.e. tabloid pages) have been front and center to the train wreck that's been Johnny Foot- bali's playing career and his off-the-field issues. Issues that have been well documented by vari- ous sports media outlets. Issues that led Manziel's former team, the Cleve- land Browns, to throw in the towel and waive him March 11. It says something when a team that's won only 19 games in five seasons thinks you're a liability despite your talents. Perhaps that's what makes this saga the sports equivalent of a Greek tragedy. It's a story that's become far too com- monplace in the world of sports. The tale of a young athlete with tons of prom- ise, but little discipline, succumbing to the pitfalls of fame and fortune. For a young, brash, athlete like Manziel, the vices of alcohol and drugs seem to be too much to ignore, At the same time, some of the behaviors Manziel is exhibiting (primarily the party-hardy lifestyle) isn't far off from the ac- tions of other 23-year-old males in America. Here's the problem, though. Those 23-year- old males aren't the face of a professional sports franchise. They aren't also spokespeople for multi-million dollar corporations that brand their products with their From the Sidelines by Moses Leoslll mugshots. To that point, Nike has terminated its endorse- ment contract with Man- ziel as part of his off-the- field transgressions. I applaud Nike for mak- ing that decision. Unfor- tunately, it may not make much of a difference in how Manziel behaves. Perhaps that's what makes this entire saga so painful to take in. The fact that Manziel hasn't learned that his status as a high-profile athelte/ce- lebrity doesn't entitle him to act like a buffoon. Because of his off-the- field transgressions, im- ages of Manziel's on-the- field prowess, primarily at A&M, are fading away faster than a 40-year-old veteran quarterback on the depth chart. Worse is that he has now shown patterns of acting in a violent manner toward others, not just himself. According to media reports, a Dallas County grand jury is expected to hear Manziels' mis- demenaor domesitc violance case. Manziel ultimately needs help in conquering his issues. It's something the star quarterback has vowed for some time to alleviate. Rosenhaus said it best when he called Manziel's struggles "life and death" and that it went beyond football. It's high time Manziel put his money where his mouth is and get the ball rolling. FARM E Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. 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