Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron told media during SEC Media Days that he accepts the responsibility that comes with a high profile position, but his position does not qualify him to speak of behalf of Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.
McCarron and Manziel both served as counselors at Manning Camp last weekend. Manziel’s name ended up in the media, after a rumor regarding him partying and being asked to leave the camp. Manziel deflected the rumors telling ESPN he overslept.
“I can’t answer on Johnny Manziel’s part,” McCarron said when asked to address the media.
“My name’s AJ,” he said. “Everything that has to do with him, he’s his own man. I’m not going to speak on another man’s business. That’s how I was raised. If I don’t have nothing to do with you, don’t speak on it.”
“I know how I handle myself out in public, how I carry myself in front of people. That’s what I’m worried about, trying to be the best player and the best person off the field that I can be for my family and the University of Alabama. I never want to disrespect them in any way.”
McCarron told media that the role he was in stopped him from acting like a “normal 22-year old.” But also said that not every 22 year old gets to do what he is doing either.
“I know I’ll always be watched when I step out the door. I can’t go out and act a fool in public.” McCarron said.