Johnny Manziel’s Release Might Not be Enough by Jared Ashdown ’18


Johnny Manziel

Berea, Ohio: February 3rd 2016. Sashi Brown, new Cleveland Browns executive VP of football operations is at the podium. “We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. 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.”

Johnny Manziel has completed his second NFL season with the Cleveland Browns. It’s also his last with them. A polarizing figure for sure, known as a popular party boy at A&M, Manziel fell to the Browns 22nd overall in 2014 where the Browns almost didn’t even select him. Despite Johnny’s success in college and in increments in the NFL, Mr. Football’s unprofessionalism, inability to galvanize and inspire his teammates as a leader, and problems off the field have proven that he is a complete waste of space and time to the NFL and whatever team he goes to. Last year when Manziel went to rehab, it appeared that he had hit rock bottom and was finally going to be the Browns guy, and in the preseason, many called for him to start after production on the field. However, he relapsed and is even worse than we’ve ever seen. The latest allegations against him have to do with domestic violence and threatening self-harm. It has gotten so bad, that we can’t even joke any more about Billy Manziel or what used to be the “comical” side of dealing with Johnny.

Domestic violence and depression could be a part of the issue with Johnny Manziel, but what’s most upsetting is that many of his behaviors seemingly could have been avoided. As talented as he is, Johnny Manziel the football player should be set aside. I could care less about his career. This young man needs help, and he and his parents need to do everything they can just so he can have his life improved. If he chooses not to do that, his fleeting NFL career will be the least of his concerns.