Johnny Manziel’s alcohol problem is probably way worse than we all thought. In a report broken by the NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns reportedly lied about Manziel’s concussion protocol to cover up for the quarterback showing up to practice drunk.
“Johnny Manziel, going into what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday. The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me repeat that: The Browns lied, to try to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man,” Mike Silver said on the air on NFL Network.
On Monday of the last week of the season, then-Browns coach Mike Pettine said he planned to talk to Manziel about a video that appeared to show him drinking alcohol and partying to Future’s “March Madness.” At that time, there were no reports that Manziel being checked for a concussion according to ProFootballTalk. Then, when Manziel showed up to work on Wednesday, it was announced that he had a concussion and couldn’t play in that Sunday’s season finale.
Very fishy behavior from an organization that hasn’t always been on the up-and-up. If these reports are true, expect the NFL to come down extremely hard on the Browns’ organization for seemingly enabling Manziel’s destructive behavior and, moreover, using the league’s understandably strict concussion policy to cover up for the troubled quarterback.
The NFL’s off-season isn’t even a few days old, but we’ve already got our bombshell story of the year. Count on this not being the last time we hear of this, as the NFL will probably investigate.
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