Bengals Coach Calls Johnny Manziel a ‘Midget’

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks down the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Next Sunday (Dec. 14) the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cleveland Browns, and in an interview prior to the game the Bengals coach, Marvin Lewis, might have said something he shouldn’t.

In a radio interview with Lance McAlister of 700 WLW Cincinnati, Lewis apparently called quarterback for the Browns, Johnny Manziel, a “midget.”

Before we dissect Lewis’ remark, let’s address a few things in regards to height. A little person, not a “midget,” is medically defined as 4’10” and shorter. The average male height in the U.S. is roughly 5’10” and the average NFL quarterback height is around 6’2”. Even Super Bowl champion and QB Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is 5’11”.

Manziel is 6’0”, so he is NOT a “midget.”

A few hours after the ignorant remark was made, Lewis apologized. It’s understandable if players make such comments, but an NFL coach? Show some class.

And hey Marvin, if Manziel is a “midget,” then how come he can dunk?


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