Over the weekend, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was reportedly involved in a dispute with his former girlfriend. The Fort Worth, Texas authorities are currently investigating the matter.
No charges have been files against Manziel. However, his former 23-year-old girlfriend said that Manziel needs help.
When they were searching for the Browns signal caller, the authorities even used a police helicopter to locate him.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Sashi Brown, the team’s EVP of Football Operations, said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization.
“His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Manziel can be released by the team beginning on February 8th. New head coach Hue Jackson said during the interview process that he wanted to move on from Manziel.
He would have a $2.24 million cap hit next season and $4.62 million in dead cap money 2016. He’ll also have a $2.62 million cap hit and $2.37 million in dead money in 2017.
While that’s a lot of money on the line, it’s worth the team to get rid of his headache. He clearly doesn’t want to be in Cleveland and is already trying to get his way back to Texas to possibly play for Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys.
The Browns could only receive a conditional pick should they decide to trade him.
This comes on the heels of the team reporting that he did not report to the team for his Sunday morning treatment under concussion protocol. All concussion players are supposed to do this.
He posted a photo of himself with a dog with a geotag to his location. However, social media said that he wasn’t there and was in Vegas with a wig and a white mustache and even asked to have his bill comped so that he didn’t have to use his credit card, which would give away his identification.
Just a week after former Browns head coach Mike Pettine named Manziel the starter for the rest of the season, a video on the Internet came out on Nov. 24th, 2015 that showed him partying.
He later lied to the team about the video. He also asked his friends to lie to the team about the video in question.
He was demoted to third string by Pettine for these actions.
A month earlier, he was pulled over by a police officer after reportedly fighting with his girlfriend in his car. No charges or discipline by the NFL has been made at this time.
He admitted that he was drinking that afternoon before being pulled over.
Speaking of alcohol, he decided to make the decision to clean himself from his alcoholic problems by entering into a rehabilitation center for alcohol addiction. He was in there for several weeks, before coming out and having a run in with a heckler at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament on May 30th.
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