Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who’s been photographed partying from coast to coast since the day he was drafted, entered a treatment facility Wednesday and is getting the help he needs, according to a family friend and advisor.
“Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday,” a statement from Manziel’s publicist read. “Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step.
“On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”
The Browns also released the following statement from general manager Ray Farmer:
“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player.
“Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”
Manziel’s partying was chronicled over the last year, from floating on swans to rolling up a bill in the bar of a bathroom, which the Browns found most “disturbing,” sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group.
I am not a big fan of Johnny Manziel as a football player. I think he is better as a CFL than a NFL qb but I am happy for Manziel as a human being. His season was a train wreck last year in most part of his partying and alcohol consumption.
I also think that the jump from the SEC (or any team in the NCAA) is so big that only a few can make it. The talent is one reason but also you are no longer big man on campus. Coaches like Mack Brown, Kevin Sumlin, or Jimbo Fisher aren’t covering for you. The school president isn’t there to make excuses for you and there are no more professors who just want to be part of the “team”. Vince Young never made the transition from college star to professional. Even Tim Tebow never seemed to get it (especially after he had some success in Denver). Hopefully Manziel finds some answers in rehab. Not about football but about life.