Johnny Manziel's Speeding-Ticket Judge Fumbles on Facebook - Tarnished Twenty
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Johnny Manziel's Speeding-Ticket Judge Fumbles on Facebook

Don't mess with Johnny Football. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel recently received a speeding ticket in Ennis, Texas, near Dallas. But the local judge may be in more trouble than Manziel.

Judge W. Lee Johnson apparently felt that Manziel's speeding ticket was notable enough to comment about it on his Facebook page, reports the Associated Press.

It's not clear why a municipal judge has a Facebook page in the first place, but the judge now finds himself in hot water. That's because, according to Ennis' city manager, "it is not the policy of the city of Ennis to indiscriminately publish the identity of traffic ticket recipients or to publicly lecture them," as the judge seems to have done in Manziel's case.

Apparently not much happens in Ennis, about 35 miles south of Dallas, and Judge Johnson was excited enough about the football star's speeding ticket that he took to Facebook.

While Johnson did not mention Manziel by name, he did write that "a certain unnamed (very) recent Heisman Trophy winner" got the ticket. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out whom Johnson was referring to.

According to the AP, Johnson's post continued: "It appears that even though the [Oklahoma University] defense couldn't stop him, the Ennis PD is a different story altogether. Gig 'em indeed."

When news of the social commenting got to the desk of Ennis' city manager, he issued a news release calling Johnson's conduct "insensitive and inappropriate." He added that Johnson, a 25-year city employee, could face disciplinary action. It's reported that Johnson is now trying to apologize to Manziel.

Forgotten in this story is the fact that Manziel got in trouble in the first place. When not attending basketball games front row with his model girlfriend, Manziel has recently received criticism for his own social media use.

On Twitter, the college freshman put up images of him drinking champagne at a Dallas club with his mom and flashing cash at an Oklahoma casino, reports the AP. Though it's interesting to note that in Texas, it is legal for a minor to drink alcohol if accompanied by a parent.

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