Ennis City Manager Apologizes For Judge’s Tweet About Johnny Manziel Speeding TicketFeatured Stories, Sports Friday, January 18th, 2013
ENNIS, Texas (AP) _ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel recently got a speeding ticket near Dallas and a local judge thought it newsworthy enough to post something on Facebook. The freshman Texas A and M quarterback got the ticket in Ennis, a small city about 35 miles south of Dallas. The Ennis court did not immediately respond to a request today for a copy of the ticket or for details about the incident, which was first reported by USA Today.
The WFAA-TV website reports Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton wrote an apology Friday on the social media remarks, calling them “insensitive and inappropriate.” “Receiving a traffic ticket is not a humorous matter,” the statement read. “Further, it is not the policy of the City of Ennis to indiscriminately publish the identity of traffic ticket recipients or to publicly lecture them.” Judge Lee Johnson, a Baylor graduate, posted about the ticket on Facebook. Manziel’s name wasn’t mentioned. Instead, the judge wrote about “a certain unnamed (very) recent Heisman Trophy winner.” “It appears that even though the OU defense couldn’t stop him, the Ennis PD is a different story altogether. Gig ’em indeed,” he wrote. Howerton said Johnson has worked in public service for 25 years with an “unblemished record” and reached out to the football player in an attempt to apologize. The city manager said the incident is under investigation.
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