The Cleveland Browns quarterback, also known as Johnny Football, has entered rehab for treatment following a rocky first year in the NFL.
Johnny Manziel, 22, checked himself into rehab on Jan. 28. The Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner chose to enter treatment due to his troubled lifestyle off the football field. Johnny wants to improve his life and believes this is the best decision for him at this time.
Johnny Manziel Enters Rehab
“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,” friend and adviser Brad Beckworth said through a spokesperson, according to ESPN.
“On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”
Johnny will be in rehab for at least a few weeks and possibly more, a source tells the outlet. His length of stay will depend on what the doctors believe is best for Johnny’s health.
Since being chosen in the first round of the NFL draft in 2014, Johnny’s life has been a troubled one. A photo of Johnny drinking straight from a champagne bottle circulated the web in June 2014, according to Fox News. One month later, another picture surfaced of Johnny appearing to roll a bill up in a Las Vegas bar bathroom.
ESPN’s Skip Bayless talked about the quarterback in Dec. 2014 on First Take and was convinced that Johnny was an alcoholic.
The Cleveland Browns team is completely supportive of Johnny’s decision to enter treatment.
“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process,” general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns.”
We wish Johnny all the best as he gets his life back on track.
— Avery Thompson