Manziel Losing More than Just Football After His Gregarious Behavior

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Johnny Manziel seriously needs to get his act together! Over the last year, he has earned himself quite the list of titles: possible domestic abuser, druggie, a disgrace to the league, and eccentric millionaire. His actions have been just out-of-control and he is in need of a major intervention.

The Cleveland Browns cut Manziel in the offseason this year because of his unprofessional behavior. He also lost two agents, earned himself charges of domestic violence as well as a fabulous reputation for being responsible for trashing multiple rental homes in the Los Angeles area. He is known to be a huge partier and for his impulsive behavior.

Because of all his extracurricular activity, Manziel has found himself unemployed, but somehow is still getting support and help from members of the NFL, the Browns team and people involved in his personal life. You’d think a first round draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner would be more responsible and realize the detriment he is bringing on himself, but turns out, this is not the case. Troy Vincent, who is the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, spoke to 610 Sports’ about the efforts being made to attempt to get Manziel the help he needs. But the problem with Manziel is that he is less than willing to accept all that is being offered to him.

“You can have all the resources and they’re endless, confidential resources in your hometown, the individual club where the players or family members live. They’re there. They’re available. But if an individual is not willing to meet you halfway to get assistance, it’s very difficult because it’s something you can’t make an individual do anything.

We’re just hoping that moment happens where Johnny is willing to accept some assistance and get the help that he really needs to just function as an individual. Forget football. But to really get his life turned around so that he can function as a good citizen and a good young man.”

A number of people have personally reached out to Manziel, including the owners of the Cleveland Browns, the team’s general manager, his head coach, and the player engagement director. But their efforts have been met with no response. Manziel refuses to keep in communication with any of them and it seems like the only way anyone knows what he is up to is by continuing to watch Twitter feeds and other social media outlets.

Even Manziel’s father, Paul, has pretty much lost all hope. He has attempted to get Manziel to go into rehab but has been shut down so many times that he is just giving up. “I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him,” he told ESPN. “I’m done. I’m done talking about it. I’m doing my job, and I’m going to move on. If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own. I’ve done everything I can do. There is nothing [else] I can do as a father. Nothing. ... It is what it is. He’s a druggie, and everybody needs to accept it.”

After hearing about his dad’s actions, Manziel posted a picture on his Instagram account from Cabo San Lucas, with the hashtag #HiDad. He supposedly committed to being sober as of July 1st, but no guarantees that he has actually done it.

Should Manziel actually make it out of his legal mess and personal sobriety issues, it still may not be enough to get him a career back in the NFL. Supposedly, Manziel is trying to agree to a plea deal for the domestic violence charges being brought against him, but even if that goes through, the NFL will still require him to be suspended for domestic violence, that is, if he ever makes it back onto a team. But Vincent is trying to keep hope alive. “We’ll continue to keep reaching out, letting Johnny know we love him, we care for him and we’re here when he’s willing and wants and is able to accept assistance, we’ll be there for him,” he said. 

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