by Jason Howard Kelly
via the New York Post:
Now, it’s just a matter of time before Johnny Manziel is an ex-Brown.
Johnny Football is almost officially a cautionary tale after the Browns released a harsh statement Tuesday condemning the troubled quarterback’s recent actions — and making clear their intention .
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on the field. Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization,” Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said in the statement.
“His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
The walls appear to be closing in on Johnny Football. The former 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft has quickly gone from being an intriguing, exciting, and dynamic player to being a horrible nuisance for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel’s troublesome behavior off the field has cause the Browns to give him the, “Shape up or get out” treatment, and it doesn’t look like Manziel is anywhere close to shaping up.
His most recent off-field incident took place in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend. Authorities investigated Manziel for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. This incident, along with several other throughout Manziel’s two years in the NFL, are what prompted the Browns to issue their strong statement today. Along with his off-field issues, Manziel has been largely unimpressive on the field for Cleveland and has failed to live up to the hype that followed him into the 2014 draft.
Parting ways with Johnny Manziel is certainly the right move for the Browns, and it could very well be the best thing for Manziel as well. It is no secret that he enjoys the nightlife in his spare time, but he may be enjoying it a little too much. After all, it was this exact time last year that Manziel entered rehabilitation treatment for substance abuse, mostly having to do with alcohol abuse. Manziel spent 2 months in rehab before rejoining the Cleveland Browns and resuming his NFL career. However, in October of that same year, Manziel was pulled over by police for a domestic argument with his girlfriend at the time that “got out of hand”. The police report shows that Manziel had admitted to drinking, though insisted that he was under the legal limit.
It is clear that Manziel, who is just 23 years old, is a troubled individual who has a problem with abusing alcohol and other substances. This is not a, “Johnny Manziel is an alcoholic” article, it is a, “Johnny Manziel is in trouble and he needs help” article. As NFL fans we want to see the most talented and exciting players on the field showing off their skills every week. However, there comes a time when we, as fans, must remember that at the end of it all these highly skilled athletes are humans just like the rest of us. Johnny Manziel is no exception, and one can only hope that this chapter of his life will serve as a wake-up call to get his life back on track. There is no way to know if Manziel can succeed as an NFL quarterback unless he gives himself the opportunity to prove it. The Cleveland Browns may have closed the door on him, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the NFL has. However, it does mean that if Johnny Manziel wants to walk through another team’s open door they will insist that he leave his off-field baggage outside.
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