Is Johnny Manziel A Case Of “Talent” Afflueza?

 

News from Dallas today from the Dad of a young man, a young football player who is in trouble. This young man was a star player back throughout his youth. It appears that Johnny has been so spoiled throughout his school years that he has a history of misbehaving and him not getting personally slapped up side the head for it. Bill Murray once said on a talk show that he “couldn’t believe that he has rich kids living in his house”, I thought that was a humorous statement, we have all seen how some of these comics (the ‘privileged’ kids) act. You notice how one generation labors hard, earns the dollars, the next generation whom have worked for nothing have their pathetic noses in the air? But folks, it is not just the kids of the very wealthy or the ‘wannabe wealthy’ that can be brought up believing they are in a class above the everyday type people whom have afflueza children.

 

There is one exception to this rule that I am aware of, as most of us are, and that is what I call a talent afflueza condition. If a child is found to be very gifted in pretty much anything from physical sports, chess, piano, or just knockout looks many tend to be treated ‘different’ than the children around them, these children become more ‘valuable’. Most of us just quietly watched the adults act like fawning fools when a kid has real talent, or their Daddy’s had money. Johnny Manziel’s  Dad is quoted as saying that his son would not see his next birthday if he doesn’t get help. Johnny it seems has a bit of a problem holding his drink and with holding his manners with some young ladies. Parents and Teachers/Administrators, you are not doing a child any favors when you coddle their misbehavior, in many cases you are destroying them. Kids like Johnny (I do mean at 23, right now) badly need to be slapped with a bout of ‘grow the hell up’ right now before it is to late. Hopefully this young man can get the help he evidently needs before he ends up crashed and burned.