Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns quarterback, has checked into a rehab facility.
The former Texas A&M star and Heisman trophy winner known as “Johnny Football” was the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, along with 29 rushing yards, two interceptions, and no touchdowns, in his rookie season mostly playing behind Brian Hoyer. Manziel was unable to take the field in the Browns’ final game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens owing to a hamstring injury. He underperformed in his first NFL start on December 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The following week in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers, he suffered the season-ending hamstring pull before halftime and was replaced by Hoyer.
Manziel has now acquired a new nickname — “Johnny Rehab” — on social media.
Although Manziel has a well-known and chronicled reputation for hard partying, it has not been disclosed as to the specific nature of the treatment that he is receiving. For what it’s worth, ESPN analyst Skip Bayless, the co-host of First Take, claimed late last year that Manziel had a serious drinking problem, however.
Manziel’s publicist released a statement this morning about Johnny Manziel entering a treatment center.
“Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday. 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.”
According to ESPN, Manziel’s work ethic was very much a question mark throughout his rookie season, including “a lack of commitment and preparation, a failure to be ready when given a chance in his first start against Cincinnati and a continued commitment to nightlife, which affected his preparation and work while in the team facility.”
The Cleveland Browns also released a statement about the Johnny Manziel situation from the team’s 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.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Manziel was involved in a late-night brawl at a downtown Cleveland hotel on November 21.
Are you surprised that Johnny Manziel has entered a rehab facility to seek treatment?