Report: Johnny Manziel showed up drunk at practice, Browns lied about it
In another disturbing alleged twist in the protracted Johnny Manziel’s saga, a report from NFL Network’s Mike Silver suggests that the quarterback showed up drunk to a Cleveland Browns practice ahead of the team’s regular season finale and that the organization misled the media about him being in concussion protocol, which Silver suggested may have been done in part to protect Manziel.
The alleged incident, which occurred on Dec. 30, corroborates a report that surfaced about the same time from Browns analyst Tony Grossi that alleged an “inebriated” Manziel was “sent home” from practice.
“He’s on a downward spiral that is very, very dangerous,” Silver said, as transcribed by NJ.com. “I just want to put this in perspective … I was with a Browns player yesterday. Johnny Manziel, going into what would be 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 say that again, the Browns lied. To try to protect and I would argue, enable this irresponsible and very troubled young man.”
This latest allegation only makes the likelihood of the Browns cutting ties with the troubled young quarterback all but a certainty and Silver added in his reporting that there’s unlikely to be an organization at this point willing to take on the responsibility of hoping Manziel can figure out how to turn around his personal life — much less his professional career — especially in light of the alarming allegations related to a purported domestic incident involving the quarterback and Colleen Crowley.
The Browns are expected to release Manziel between now and the beginning of the NFL year on March 9.