"Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible," Barkley, a former star at Auburn, told the show’s hosts. "He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend.
"I thought I would never say those words. I am so close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’ Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much. I’m really close to saying ‘Roll Tide.’"
So what is it that has Barkley so annoyed?
“I think Johnny Manziel has just done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months,” Barkley said. “I do understand how that works for most people, but not in the case of Johnny Manziel, Johnny Manziel has just done a bunch of stupid stuff this entire summer.”
To be fair, Barkley has always been accountable for his actions, and, as noted above, he’s never claimed to be an exemplar of good judgment. But that’s what makes it so strange for him to take the moral high road with regard to Manziel.
If anything, I would expect Barkley to embrace Johnny Football — this week, if no other — in part because Manziel has the type of rollicking, pompous personality that has always made Barkley so popular. The guys are kindred spirits.
Sure, Manziel’s act can be irritating, and his decision-making is questionable at best. But so, too, is Barkley’s, and that, alone, has Chuck looking like a massive hypocrite when he turns his back on his alma mater and throws Manziel under the bus.