Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plains Dealer reports that Johnny Manziel has entered rehab
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.
So I heard Derek Powazek talking on Twitter about having a fresh start on Twitter. Someone posted a YouTube video with code on how to unfollow everyone. After a couple of days of considering it, I decided to try it and saw me unfollow almost 1100 people.
So as soon as I did that, I decided to go look for interesting people to follow. Of course there was some family and friends but I decided to find local people to follow and started to click “follow”. It was a lot of fun and some people that I was aware of and enjoyed their tweets and never followed were added to the list.
That took me to about 300 followers and then I looked at who I should be following. It was all Alberta names! Apparently many of us in Saskatoon keep an idea on what is going on in Calgary and Edmonton.
I added a few national voices to my followers, photographers, and photography sites and I found myself back at about 900 followers. I also realized that Saskatoon now has a lot of journalists covering city hall. You can blame Dave Hutton for that.
I also followed some MLAs from both sides of the floor. My advice for them is to be more like Brad Wall, Cam Broten, Trent Weatherspoon, or Dustin Duncan. It’s okay to act more like humans and less like robots folks!
The people I left behind were the spin doctors, NFL pundits, and a lot of American political voices. They can be fun to follow but don’t contribute much to my life.
If I unfollowed you and haven’t followed you back, don’t take it personally. It will take some time to track down everyone I left behind and I’ll get to you soon.
Many of you are aware that I said goodbye to the NFL this fall after the Ray Rice scandal hit and wonder how I did. Here are my thoughts of the NFL season that never was.
- I still watched some football. I am a Notre Dame fan and of course Mark plays high school football (where he played every position on the defence this season). I enjoyed a lot of it. I also came to grips that I am not a CFL fan. I wish I was a bigger one but I really am not.
- We cancelled cable and I got rid of my NFL Now subscription. That hurt a bit but I vowed not to give the NFL any money in 2014. I didn’t.
- I spent my Sundays with Wendy which was time well spent. We went for coffee at City Perk, out for walks, and explored the city.
- I realized how much time some of my friends spend watching the NFL. Sunday, Monday, and Thursdays. That’s a lot of time in front of a television.
- After spending 25 years a die hard Denver Broncos fan, it was weird not to know how they were doing during the season.
- Despite giving up on the game, I still heard a lot about Jonny Football. That isn’t a good thing.
- I am still a fan of the game but Roger Goodall makes the game almost impossible to respect. Even if you get past him, you have Jerry Jones, Jerry Richardson, Woody Johnson, Jimmy Haslam, Jerry Jones (whose stadium uses more oil than Liberia on game days), and of course Daniel Snyder who are all owners who have done horrible things. Of course the NFL and other leagues all have horrible owners (Darryl Katz anyone?) but the idea of me giving my money to them really bothers me. Again, I’m not calling for a boycott, it’s just a personal decision.
- I have spent a little more time watching the Raptors (maybe because they are good), the Calgary Flames (after we had a breakup back in the late 90s during the second last lockout) and while I can’t watch such bad hockey, I find myself enamoured by the train wreck that is the Edmonton Oilers.
- I should link to this, other pro sports owners are horrible humans as well.
- In the end, not watching the NFL wasn’t really that big of deal. It is a bunch of millionaire athletes playing a child’s game in the hope of winning a championship which will somehow validate themselves in their minds. It’s fun to watch but doesn’t matter a lot to me in the big picture.
- It is also a big business in which local communities are pitted against each other to keep their billionaire franchise owners even richer. That part is what I find so offensive.
- I was happy to see the NFL take a tougher stance against Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson but at the same time, this should have been done decades ago. For all of the Ray Rice’s, there was a Warren Moon who was never suspended. I am hoping there are changes moving forward but I am still going to take a wait and see. I just have no faith in Goodall or owners like Richardson who won’t cut or suspend Greg Hardy.
Amazing column by the New York Times’s Michael Cooper
Lesson 1: If you pull often enough on state and municipal levers, the gold of public subsidies inevitably tumbles into your hands.
Last week I strolled from the Mississippi River and the sylvan parks that line its banks, past the elegant Guthrie Theater and handsome condos, to a construction site and its forest of giant yellow cranes. A new stadium for the Vikings is rising here with a roof and state of the art everything. It is undeniably impressive, as it should be: This Taj Mahal will cost state and city taxpayers more than half a billion dollars.
Through their lobbyist, the Wilfs noted that they would pay rent on this stadium, which is grand of them. The project will also create a jewel of a public park next to the stadium.
Unfortunately, this park will not be as public as advertised. The fine print gives the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority control on most weekends other than those during the deep chill of winter. (The Vikings may place a soccer team in the stadium, which would extend their control of the park.)
The city remains on the hook for park maintenance. According to an analysis conducted for the Park and Recreation Board, the park came without any financing to pay for its upkeep.
“They’re running circles around us like we’re rubes,” former Gov. Arne Carlson said. “You have children living outside in parks and tents. We don’t have the money to take care of that problem. But we have hundreds of millions of dollars to pour into Zygi Wilf?
“It’s an embarrassment, really.”
The genius of the N.F.L. is that when talk turns to public financing, shame is viewed as a disabling emotion. We obsess on the failings of Roger Goodell, commissioner of the $10 billion nonprofit National Football League. But the men who own the league’s franchises are more intriguing, not to mention more powerful.
Continue reading the main storyThe league makes relatively few demands of these owners, other than requiring that they are terribly wealthy. And it offers them a prime directive: build ever-grander stadiums and make sure that every stream of revenue — suites, seats, concessions, parking — sluices into your coffers. Do this, and we’ll help you gang tackle cities and states. We’ll even throw in a Super Bowl to boot.
Read the entire column and ask yourself if this is a league that deserves your money. It’s sickening to realize how it literally loots cities and states to grow it’s business.