Johnny Manziel — the Cleveland Browns’ embattled second-year quarterback — checked out of rehab last week, and on Friday, he issued a heartfelt apology to the Browns and the team’s fans.
In the statement, “Johnny Football” thanked the organization for supporting him as he received treatment and promised to “work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect”. (RELATED: Cleveland’s Johnny Football Checks INTO Rehab)
I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.
That was beautiful.
Let’s be honest, this hasn’t been the first time “Football” has promised to turn over a new leaf.
Don’t get me wrong. At his best, he’s one of the most exciting players in all of football to watch. At his worst, he’s kind of an asshole.
I want Manziel to succeed, but this is basically his last shot. Has he decided to turn things around, or will he finally run himself out of the league?