Underage Heisman winner drinks legally; Colorado teens may soon have same right

Posted on: 8:02 am, January 8, 2013, by , updated on: 11:40am, January 8, 2013

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  • Johnny Manziel, 20, is seen drinking inside a Texas nightclub on Jan. 5. The Heisman winner said he was drinking legally by state law thanks to his mother, who was in the club and offered her consent. (Photo: TMZ.com)

  • Johnny Manziel, 20, is seen drinking inside a Texas nightclub on Jan. 5. The Heisman winner said he was drinking legally by state law thanks to his mother, who was in the club and offered her consent. (Photo: TMZ.com)

  • Johnny Manziel, 20, is seen drinking inside a Texas nightclub on Jan. 5. The Heisman winner said he was drinking legally by state law thanks to his mother, who was in the club and offered her consent. (Photo: TMZ.com)

  • Johnny Manziel, 20, is seen drinking inside a Texas nightclub on Jan. 5. The Heisman winner said he was drinking legally by state law thanks to his mother, who was in the club and offered her consent. (Photo: TMZ.com)

DALLAS, Texas — Recent Heisman trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was seen celebrating with a bottle of Dom Perignon at a Dallas nightclub on Jan. 5, a day after leading his team to a convincing Cotton Bowl victory.

The only potential problem: He’s only 20 years old.

While it was against the Avenu Lounge’s own rules for Manziel to be allowed in the 21-and-older club, it turns out that Manziel was not breaking any state laws by sipping on as much bubbly as his heart desired.

So long as those desires were cleared by his mother.

As it turns out, she was right by his side in the nightclub. And in accordance with Texas state law, the underage quarterback can legally drink so long as he has her consent.

Sen. Greg Brophy, a Colorado Republican, would like to afford celebratory youngsters in the Centennial State the same right.

A bill that Brophy said he will propose in the state legislative session that begins Wednesday would allow parents to purchase alcohol for their children at Colorado bars and restaurants if those kids are at least 18 years old, but not yet 21.

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