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Johnny Manziel is not a small man. Coming in at around 5ft 11in, Manziel is taller than the national average by a good few inches.

However, in the realm of the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns quarterback is dwarfed his teammates and competitors, well everyone except Darren Sproles that is.

Midget Manziel

And now it seems that other teams are starting to pick on the teeny tiny quarterback out of Texas A&M, with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis calling Manziel 'a midget' during an interview.

Lewis was on the radio talking to WLW-AM, and was asked if the possibility of playing Manziel or Hoyer on Sunday had effected his gameplan for the Browns offense.

"No it doesn't, not at all," Lewis said. "You'll get a little bit more movement if Manziel is the quarterback, cause the thing that they did against Buffalo, but other than that no, that doesn't impact you at all."

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"You've got to go defend the offense, you don't defend the player. Particularly a midget."

Offensive Comments

Now, as you can imagine people weren't too happy by this. Especially little people, who consider the term gravely offensive and discriminatory. 

Little People of America, a non-profit organization that provides support for people of short stature, notes that the word has negative connotations and is often used as an insult toward the people with the more than 200 different medical conditions that are commonly referred to as types of dwarfism.

Anyway, Lewis has since come out and apologized for his remarks, saying "I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland. It was just a poor remark. I really didn't mean anything by it."

Johnny Manziel is listed on the Browns website as being 6ft tall, which is a bit hilarious as there is no way he is anywhere close to that, was he not measured around 5ft 10 at the combine? In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter.

Basically, a head coach said something completely stupid again and for the umpteenth time this season, someone in the NFL is back-tracking and apologising. 

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