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Johnny Manziel

I Can Booze With

My Mama in Texas

1/7/2013 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Johnny Football could've chugged as much Dom Perignon as he wanted to on Saturday night and it wouldn't have mattered to police ... 'cause his MOTHER was right there next to him ... TMZ has learned. 

As we previously reported, 20-year-old college football phenom Johnny Manziel hit up Avenu Lounge nightclub on both Friday and Saturday night after leading Texas A&M to a victory in the Cotton Bowl.

During the festivities, Johnny posed for several pics while clutching a bottle of Dom ... which raised several red flags, considering he's under 21.

But in Texas, there's a HUUGE loophole to the drinking law -- it's OK for someone under 21 to booze in a bar as long as that person is with a parent who consents.

We spoke to Shaul Sultan -- the owner of Avenu Lounge -- who confirms Johnny's mother WAS with him on both nights ... so the Heisman winner couldn't have broken any drinking laws. (UPDATE: We're told Johnny's father was there too).

Still, the owner says nobody working in the lounge that night ever saw Johnny consume alcohol either night.

In fact, the owner says the bottle of Dom belonged to another customer who had a table by the DJ booth ... and Johnny only used the bottle as a prop for some goofy photos.

The owner says Johnny never opened a tab at the bar.

FYI -- the parent loophole isn't just in Texas ... it's also in play in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, Louisiana, New York and Ohio.

No harm, no foul.

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josh    

TMZ does not have a sports section. Name Once Harvy ever mentioned a sport

561 days ago
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PictureUp    

well at least you actually report the truth when its presented to you!! posts like these takes away just a bit from your persistent DOUCHINESS!

561 days ago
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liquidbabydoll    

TEXAS!!!

561 days ago
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kusha    

It is also up to the establishment in Texas to serve under 21, just because your parents are with you and consent doesn't force the place to serve you, just FYI

561 days ago
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Raphie    

The TMZ snitches thwarted again...

No more bluntin' beiber pics to post?
Still holding out for a KKKardassian miscarriage?

561 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

No one in the history of this great country has never participated in under-age drinking! Don't even try him in a court of law, just hang him for God sake. Is this the best you can do today TMZ?

561 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Haaaaaa, all the goody two shoes must hate this......

561 days ago
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Rocco    

We don't need TMZ to be the stinkin' morality police. Go find some celebrities to photograph.

561 days ago
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dennis    

No harm, no foul, no story, but that didn't stop anybody, did it?

561 days ago
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Tim    

do i get credit for pointing this out like 30 minutes after your initial story?

561 days ago
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Jared    

I wonder if Johnny Football's mom was at the bar with him last summer when he got arrested for underage drinking and using a fake id?

561 days ago
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BECKER    

Shaul Sultan Now that is an All American name. I wonder if he is from Austin or Dallas?

561 days ago
13.

Soetoro    

I partied a lot harder than that when I was 20 and I never even won a game of Rock Paper Scissors.

561 days ago
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AJ    

Just FYI, the facility has the choice to allow or deny the subjects based on this law. If the restaurant or club say no, they can remove you from their premises regardless of parental consent. It boils down to a liability issue as to whether the venue chooses to enforce it. If someone were being watched by TABC (Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission) they would probably kick you out. However if you were having a nice dinner with a glass of wine, most would allow it.

561 days ago
15.

John    

its not a loophole, just the law you idiot

561 days ago
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