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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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teri    

I believe that law only applies if you are at your own property, not anywhere that you choose.

653 days ago
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Carl    

That law doesn't make any sense. Upon turning age 18 you are an adult and your parents no longer have any legal control over you. So between 18-21 they can't actually make legal decisions on your behalf. However the 21 year old drinking age is stupid too (if you are old enough to vote and die for your country you are old enough to drink).

653 days ago
18.

meinkem    

No matter the law as a student athlete in the NCAA you sign a no tobacco no alcohol contract.. Texas A&M should look into this.

653 days ago
19.

crimsonblazer    

I wasnt at a school as big as A

653 days ago
20.

user007    

So a 10 y/o can booze at a bar if with their parent?

652 days ago
21.

Tim    

Much ado about nothing

652 days ago
22.

john    

TMZ why are you picking on Johnny Football?

652 days ago
23.

Toilethead    

His mama is an effing moron.

652 days ago
24.

Homie    

Haha TMZ. Your trying to get someone else in trouble backfired. Love it.

652 days ago
25.

Cassiefflores    

Apparently there's not a good story anywhere for this to be "breaking" news.

652 days ago
26.

Cassiefflores    

Must be a very boring "news" day to consider this actually news.

652 days ago
27.

DJ    

The sad part is, TMZ has lost a lot of respectability with quick to judge comments like this. Instead of investigating this story and making a big stink about the kid, TMZ posted the pictures of a "partying" Johnny. I guess he was partying with his family, but not in the sense that Harvey & Co. portrayed it to the readers. The original story suggested the Heisman winner was out on a drunk with hot chicks and it was illegal due to his age. Harvey "I'm a lawyer" Levin, didn't you learn anything in law school about falsely accusing people?

652 days ago
28.

It's Me    

Texas ROCKS!!!!

652 days ago
29.

jimmy     

The Casino is not in Texas, it is in Oklahoma. Texas is not allowed to have a Casino

652 days ago
30.

hunter    

This guy's a circus act. Not only does he look like Spock, he doesn't know the meaning of over-saturation.

651 days ago
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