Johnny Manziel — the Cleveland Browns’ polarizing backup quarterback — has reportedly checked into rehab.
According to Mary Kay Cabot, “Johnny Football” checked himself into a medical facility on Wednesday, and his publicist Denise Michaels released the following statement on Monday morning.
Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday. 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 off-season was the right time to take this step.’
On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.
Manziel’s first year in Cleveland was certainly memorable but not in the way Browns fans wanted it to be. After publicly convincing the Browns to take a shot on him in the 2014 draft, Johnny promised to put his partying days behind him and fully dedicate himself to the team, but he quickly returned to his old ways.
UPDATE 2/2/15 12:41 pm: Browns General Manager Ray Farmer released a statement via SportsCenter
Statement from Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer on Johnny Manziel entering rehab. pic.twitter.com/3dOUopxbe5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 2, 2015
This is an ongoing story.