Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, also known as Johnny Football, has found himself in the news quite often recently. Whether it be due to his drug use, domestic violence charges, causing $32,000 in damages to an L.A. house, or being called a “druggie” by his own father, Manziel always seems to be on the receiving end of bad press. He’s back in the news today, but this time, it’s for something completely different — Johnny Manziel has vowed to get sober… once he’s done partying it up in Cabo.
While Manziel has been staying in Cabo, a picture surfaced of a snap that showed a woman — who is allegedly staying in the same mansion as Johnny — holding several bags of what appear to be cocaine. TMZ spoke with Johnny Manziel about the picture, and he vehemently denied that the drugs were his, saying that he didn’t even know who the woman in the picture was.
“They’re absolutely not mine. I don’t even know that girl.”
When Manziel spoke to TMZ earlier this week, he said that he had been doing absolutely no drugs whatsoever during his vacation and, in fact, was planning on turning over a new leaf soon. Starting July 1, Johnny said that he would be getting completely sober — no drugs, no booze — and would be starting to eat right and exercise regularly in the hopes of playing in the NFL again this coming season.
According to the New York Post, despite Johnny Manziel’s promise to get sober, at the time he made the vow, he was partying it up in Cabo in a mansion with about 20 other people, some of them strangers.
He kicked off the vacation with a petty Instagram post aimed at his father. In the picture, Manziel is in Cabo, standing on the edge of a swimming pool overlooking the ocean. His arms are outstretched, and one of the hashtags to go along with the picture simply said #HiDad.
The hashtag was a dig aimed at his father, Paul Manziel, who spoke with ESPN’s Josina Anderson last Friday, openly calling Johnny a “druggie” and saying that he hoped his son would end up in jail for his own good.
“It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie. I don’t know what to say, other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say.
“I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him.”
Aside from getting sober, Johnny Manziel has a whole host of other problems to contend with at the moment. He’s currently facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly rupturing his ex-girlfriend’s eardrum during an altercation in Texas in January, for which he plans to plead not guilty. He has also been slapped with a nearly $32,000 bill for reportedly trashing a house he had rented for a weekend in Los Angeles.
Apparently, though, the NFL doesn’t plan to give up on Johnny Football anytime soon. The NFL vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, appeared on a radio show recently, where he spoke about Manziel. Vincent stated that when Johnny is ready for help, the organization will be there for him.
“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.”
Whether Johnny Manziel will seek treatment in his attempt to get sober is still unknown, but at the very least, football fans can hope that this time, the sobriety sticks.
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