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Who’s The Bigger Idiot in Sports This Week: Tony Stewart or Johnny Manziel?

Two famous athletes have potentially done major damage to their careers.

Chris Queen


August 10, 2013 - 7:00 am

Tony Stewart Johnny Manziel

The last few months haven’t been a good time to be an athlete in the public eye. Think about the worst offender by far – Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who is in jail on murder charges. Or consider his college teammate — for the Florida Gators, the mortal enemies of my alma mater, UGA, I might add — Riley Cooper, who uttered racial slurs and went “f—ing nuts” after being denied backstage access at a Kenny Chesney concert and just happened to be caught on tape.

Let’s not forget Alex Rodriguez. It seems the sports media whole world has fixated on the suspension that has stemmed from his alleged use of banned substances – one writer even compared him to the “party guest that won’t leave.” Last but not least, look at poor professional bowler Troy Walker, whose bid for a perfect score ended when he accidentally pressed the reset button before his last frame.

But my friend Britt Johnson posed an interesting question on Facebook today, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention: who’s the bigger idiot in sports this week: Tony Stewart or Johnny Manziel?

On Monday night, Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion broke his leg in two places racing for fun at an Iowa dirt track – his second dirt track crash in as many weeks. He will undergo surgery to repair his leg.

The injury likely will end any hopes of Stewart making this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. With five races remaining before the Chase begins, he is 11th in the point standings, just five points behind 10th-place Greg Biffle. Stewart currently holds one of the two wild card positions due to his one win this season, which came on June 2 at Dover.

Heisman Trophy winner Manziel, who has already generated controversy since his amazing freshman season last year forĀ having meltdowns on Twitter and not taking a summer QB camp seriously enough, is now under investigation for allegedly taking $7,500 to autograph helmets.

An East Coast autograph broker told ESPN on Tuesday that Johnny Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 while he was attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation event.

The broker played two cell phone videos for ESPN showing Manziel signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a bed in a hotel room. The video does not show Manziel accepting any money.


On the videos, which the broker said were recorded without Manziel’s knowledge, ESPN heard Manziel say “you never did a signing with me” and that if the broker were to tell anyone, he would refuse to deal with him again in the future.

So in your mind, who’s the bigger idiot: Stewart or Manziel? Which athlete has potentially done the most damage to his career? Tell us in the comments section below.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered church communications director, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website,

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You just won the Heisman you've been in the news for nothing possitive since, your dad just said he doesn't even want to play golf with you and you blatantly break a NCAA rule, Johnny train wreck takes the cake.
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Manziel, far and away the larger idiot. And I detest Tony Donut. Johnny jackass has his whole future ahead of him, Tony Donut is at the tail end of his and is a car owner so he won't miss too many paydays.
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Manziel just has get through another football season, then he can move on to the next phase of his football career. Whether Johnny will be successful at the next level is debateable; what is not debateable is that he will become wealthy, at least for a short time. Manziel has bee in the game long enough to know that there are plenty of snakes in the grass.
College athletics is a cesspool of money and corruption. Why, the NCAA is so mad at Johnny Football that they are going to throw the book at Slippery Rock.
Tony Stewart was just doing something that many drivers do; run at short tracks as a favor for their friends or a sponsor. He could have broken his leg driving to the grocery store.
Johnny brought his own troubles on himself by listening to bad advisors around him. Tony just had an accident.

I have to go with Manziel.
1 year ago
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Manziel is a student athlete, not an athletic student - a big difference I would think when it comes to the 'smarts' department.

Stewart? No one said that having 'fun' was easy. Sometimes it's hard work and brings on misery. Maybe, it has something to do with going in circles(?) all the time - kinda mind-numbing to do and to watch.
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Manziel was a redshirt freshman last year. Which means he's eligible for the draft next year, so at most he'd simply lose this coming season. So not a real hit to his career. And besides, the NCAA has been caught selling Manziel jerseys (among many others.) So the NCAA can make money selling his name, Texas A& M can make money selling his name, but Johnny can't? Does the NCAA really want that lawsuit?

So it's Stewart.
1 year ago
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I dunno, on the Manziel story, an awful lot of these stories seem to originate in or near Alabama, which could mean there is a tie to Nick Satan or his cronies. If Sumlin's style of football catches on and other teams can execute it, Nick's teams will get beat more. Nick's running a multi-million dollar enterprise, he doesn't want some kid from College Station beating him two years in a row.

So, Tony Stewart gets my vote. Broken leg in two places? Ouch.
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