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Steve Kerr Accidentally Starts Johnny Football-Gate with Courtside Seat Question

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 16, 2016

Steve Kerr has some thoughts on Johnny Manziel sitting courtside for the Miami Heat-Dallas Mavericks game on Thursday. 

The Heisman winner was in the American Airlines Center, sitting with all of the rich people. 

That's when former NBA player and current analyst, Steve Kerr, had to question how a college freshman gets those seats. 

The rest of the crew pumped the brakes, knowing full well the rest of the world was ready to pick up their pickaxes and torches to storm castle Johnny Football with their accusations. 

If baseball has steroids then college football has rumors of improper benefits, allegations that seem to stick no matter how ridiculous or unfounded they may be. 

So you can see why TNT would go through the rigmarole of getting fashion nightmare Craig Sager to follow up on the story. 

Big Lead has a transcript of the explanation from Sager, who basically issued it was all good in the hood: 

We are in a 30 point game, time to clarify what could be a sticky situation. Johnny Manziel’s phone is getting inundated by text messages and tweets from friends and people wondering about a comment made by Steve Kerr about how he got these seats. Well, everything is legit. This is a birthday present that he bought for himself back on December 6th. He’s a huge basketball fan. He loves LeBron James, has never seen him in person. So he has a birthday present that he purchased the ticket to come to the game, get the best seats he could possibly buy, and he is here to watch LeBron James, he practiced today in College Station getting ready for the Cotton Bowl, two and a half hour drive, he will be back at practice tomorrow, everything is legit.

Manziel is getting ready for a game that will bring in millions for the schools playing, but let's get a spotlight on him trying to watch a game. 

Not only do NCAA athletes have to study, practice and perform, it seems they are destined for scrutiny when they are trying to relax for the night. 


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