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  • Manziel Enters Treatment Facility

    Monday, February 2, 2015
    Johnny Manziel enters treatment

    By Jeremy Fowler
    ESPN.com

    CLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel entered treatment on Wednesday, adviser Brad Beckworth told ESPN.com on Monday through a spokesman for the Browns quarterback.

    "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," Beckworth said.

    "On behalf of Johnny and his family, we're asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."

    The quarterback is expected to be in rehab at least a few weeks, but the amount of time depends largely on what doctors recommend, according to a source close to Manziel.
    The quarterback is voluntarily entering treatment as a direct result of his lifestyle away from the field, and he informed people in his circle last week that he wants to "figure out his value system," a source said.

    A source told ESPN's Darren Rovell that a casino in Las Vegas offered Manziel six figures to host a Super Bowl party, but he declined.

    Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement that the team supports Manziel's decision.

    "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," Farmer said.

    "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 also received support from a player on a division rival. Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith took to Twitter soon after the news broke.
    Folks criticize Manziel for trying to get help and laugh at overweight people in the gym...they are trying to fix a problem support them smh
    — Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) February 2, 2015
    Interviews by ESPN.com with nearly 20 Browns sources, both on the record and on condition of anonymity, along with several NFL personnel sources for a Jan. 23 story revealed that Manziel's problems ran deep in his rookie season.

    Sources talked of a yearlong pattern that showed a lack of commitment and preparation, a failure to be ready when given a chance in his first start against Cincinnati and a continued dedication to nightlife, which affected his preparation and work while he was in the team facility.

    On Dec. 23, a Tuesday in the final week of the season, Manziel stood in front of about 20 media members and outlined his plan to become the Browns' answer at quarterback. He wanted to be "the guy" for Cleveland, he said, and would do so by taking his job more seriously in the offseason. He was more animated than he'd been all year, eager to declare his intentions.

    But four days later, the day before the Browns' season finale on Dec. 28, stories in the Browns' facility began to circulate. That morning the Browns were packing up to head to Baltimore, but Manziel was not present for the walk-through. Team security drove to Manziel's downtown home to check on him.

    Two team sources said security found a player who they felt clearly had partied hard the night before. One source used the words "drunk off his a--."

    The official word was that Manziel was "late," but players said they didn't see Manziel until the Browns' chartered airplane prepared to take off in the afternoon and that he was not present all morning. The team fined Manziel for missing treatment on his injured hamstring, then had him sit in the locker room during the season finale that Sunday against the Ravens.

    "Johnny's his own worst enemy," one source said.

    Manziel had another news conference the next day, saying many of the same things from six days earlier: Actions must support words. He was featured in Instagram photos that night on Miami Beach, a few days later at a club in Houston and a few days after that on a mountain in Aspen, Colorado.

    "I brought this on myself," Manziel said the day after the season ended. "I brought these cameras and all these people that are in this locker room right now, and I don't think it's fair to myself, I don't think it's fair to anybody in this locker room the distractions I've brought at points in time."

    Manziel, selected by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards in seven quarters of NFL play before injuring his hamstring in Week 16.

    ESPN.com's Pat McManamon contributed to this report.


    While I certainly wish him well and hope he gets his act together, I am soooooooo glad the Rams did not take him.

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    Re: Manziel Enters Treatment Facility

    From rubbing his fingers together at the draft, to horrible play, to immature behavior, to needing psychological treatment. What a disaster Manziel is. I hope he can overcome this, but have my doubts.

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      Re: Manziel Enters Treatment Facility

      I'm in no way a Manziel fan but having had experiences up close in person with alcoholics I wish him the best in kicking this habit.
      The restoration is complete!

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      • #4
        Re: Manziel Enters Treatment Facility

        From Johnny Football to Johnny Highball.

        If Gordon and Manziel wind up in the same facility they should run away with the inter-rehab flag football league.
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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          Re: Manziel Enters Treatment Facility

          The Browns were probably one of the worst organizations for him to go to. First year head coach, general dysfunction in the building, and no one there that could reel him in. He really needed to do an Aaron Rodgers and go somewhere that he could truly sit, without the fanbase clamouring for him no matter what. I don't think that kind of attention helped him understand that he needed to work on his game.

          Glad to see he's doing something rather than just talk about changing. Hope it works out for him and the Browns.

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          • Nick
            Browns already done with JFF?
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            By Nate Ulrich
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            Published: January 22, 2015 - 08:51 PM | Updated: January 23, 2015 - 06:57 AM

            CLEVELAND: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s love of quarterback Johnny Manziel has transformed to disillusionment.

            The shift in Haslam’s attitude toward Manziel was glaring Thursday night when he addressed the media backstage during the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

            Haslam said selecting a quarterback in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft is on the table because the Browns have no idea who their starter will be next season. That’s an indictment of Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft who led the Browns to just three points in six quarters as a starter this past season.

            “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” Haslam said. “Now that’s not to say Connor [Shaw], who in the last game played really well [as an undrafted rookie]. Right, for a first time? Hadn’t worked with the first team any against a really good [Baltimore Ravens] team on the road, played well. And that’s not to say Johnny can’t do it, but they both have to prove it, that they can do it over a period of time.

            “You’ve got to have a really good quarterback and our situation, as coach [Mike] Pettine says, is still muddy, and we don’t know who our quarterback is going to be next year. And what I would say to our fans is we’re going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.”

            Manziel has shown a dedication to partying but not a commitment to doing everything in his power to ensure he’ll improve as an NFL quarterback.

            “I think Johnny has to show on and off the field he can be a professional,” Haslam said. “He knows that. Everybody in the organization has told him that. It’ll be up to [new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo] and Pett to decide whether he can be the kind of quarterback we need him to be. He knows what we expect of him on and off the field, and it’s up to him to prove he can do that.”

            Haslam mentioned veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer as an afterthought.

            Hoyer, who went 7-6 as a starter last season, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 10. The Browns benched him and started Manziel after Hoyer threw eight interceptions and one touchdown in a four-game span.

            Asked where the Browns stand with Hoyer, Haslam said, “I think every option is open on the table for us in terms of who’s going to play next year.”

            Will they try to negotiate with Hoyer soon?

            “That will be up to [General Manager] Ray [Farmer] and Pett to decide what direction we go there,” Haslam said.

            This much is certain: The Browns are going to focus this offseason...
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          • r8rh8rmike
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            by r8rh8rmike
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            Published: May 12, 2014 at 03:43 p.m.

            Johnny Manziel entered Cleveland drenched in celebrity and immediately became the most popular man on the team. His selection provided a suffering fan base with brief euphoria -- some went a bit loco.

            The team, however, plans on reining in Johnny Football's expectations.

            Owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday that the team told Manziel to act "like a backup quarterback," per ESPN.com.

            "We were frank with (Manziel) on Friday that's the expectation, you're the backup quarterback," Haslam said while speaking at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon in Canton, Ohio, per The Plain Dealer. "This is a hard-working, blue-collar town, this isn't Hollywood. We want you to come in and go to work."

            The Browns open rookie minicamp Saturday, with organized team activities to follow next week. Haslam said the team plans to begin with Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback.

            "It's his job to lose," Haslam said of Hoyer.

            Manziel's teammates said before the team's annual charity golf outing that the rookie wouldn't be automatically granted the job.

            "I think good old Johnny Football is going to be a good addition to Cleveland," center Alex Mack said Monday. "Don't know who the starter is going to be, though."

            That is the man snapping you the ball, Johnny.

            "There's no handing over the job," tight end Jordan Cameron added.

            At the end of the day, the players acknowledged that Manziel's off-field popularity is meaningless as long as the team wins.

            "New England is probably the most secretive of any NFL program, and they still have Tom Brady doing Ugg commercials," offensive tackle Joe Thomas said. "He has TMZ following him everywhere he goes. It's just a matter of how the player handles it."
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          • Nick
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            by Nick
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            Kent Baab of The Washington Post wrote an in-depth feature on the past, present and future of Johnny Manziel, and the story indicates that Manziel has made good on his previous vow to quit drinking as of July 1.

            Manziel did not respond interview requests for the story. His spokeswoman, Denise Michaels, told Baab that Manziel is “content and settled,” and she emailed a statement from Manziel.

            “I’m actually doing well,” he said in the statement. “I have good friends around me supporting what I do and I try to support them in what they want to do. I’m not saying I’m never drinking again, but for now just mostly being healthy. I’ve got a killer gym in my house and I can spend time working out. I’m interested in doing a lot of different things in my life — including football — but, right now, I’m just exploring options and waiting to see what the future holds.”

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          • Rambos
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            Manziel wrote a thank you letter to Texas A&M fans for his two years in College Station while announcing his intent to enter the 2014 NFL draft Wednesday. "The decision was not an easy one," he wrote.

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            In 2013, Manziel completed 69.9% of his passes for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also rushed for 759 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, his Heisman year, Manziel rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns.


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            "The sky's the limit for Johnny Manziel," said Florida State QB Jameis Winston, who became the second freshman, after Manziel, to win the Heisman. "He's an amazing person and amazing player on the field.

            "The things he does with the ball in his hands, people always have faith in Johnny. His teammates are going to love him, because they know anything is possible with Johhny Football."

            Most of the questions about Manziel's passing ability were answered this season, leaving only the bigger-picture arguments about his final legacy and where his two-year run puts him in the pantheon of great college quarterbacks.

            "It's pretty incredible when you look at his two-year totals and numbers he's been able to put together," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in the days before losing to Manziel and the Aggies in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. "The excitement meter in the way he plays takes it through the roof. To become somewhat legendary in one year puts you right at the top of the ladder in the historical sense of what an individual player has meant to college football."


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          • Nick
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            On Tuesday, Manziel was fired by his second agent in three months, Drew Rosenhaus. Manziel was fired by his first agent, Erik Burkhardt, back in February.

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            -04-25-2016, 05:02 AM
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