Johnny Manziel’s days as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback may be over, but his battle with what is an apparent alcohol addiction is just beginning. Whether or not the former Heisman Trophy winner really did show up to the Browns’ facility drunk or not, it’s apparent that the kid needs help to get his career back on track.
Help may be on the way from one of the most unlikeliest of sources. In an interview with Rolling Stone, former WWE superstar and recovering addict Jake “The Snake” Roberts has mentioned that he’s reached out to the signal-caller to try and help him. Roberts famously battled addiction in front of the public eye in a critically acclaimed documentary The Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
“I’m trying to get a hold of Johnny Manziel, and I’m going to tell that boy, ‘You need to get on Antabuse,'” Roberts says. “I understand where his head is at. I understand what it is to be Jake the Snake, or Johnny Football. You got all of these expectations from other people. Not just yourself, but other people. You start being the party guy for them.”
“Let’s get Johnny Manziel out here,” he continues. “I’ll take care of him…I’ll save his life or drive him crazy, one of the two.”
Not only is Roberts trying to get a hold of Manziel, but he’s reaching out to other younger athletes to try and get their career on the right path before it goes off the rails.
“Yes I would,” Roberts responded when asked if his offer was open to other stars. “Put that out there. If somebody can put me in contact with him, do it. Not only him, but several of those guys who are screwing up out there…like [TCU quarterback] Trevone Boykin,” he says. “You were going to be in a bowl game, and look what you did. I’d love to get a hold of him and sit him down. Say what I did in my career and what I did. At least I had a career before I blew it.”
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