Mike Pettine Comments on Latest Johnny Manziel Video to Emerge

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2015

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, right, celebrates a touchdown pass by quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday he plans on meeting with Johnny Manziel after a video emerged Sunday that showed the Cleveland Browns quarterback partying on Christmas Eve.

Busted Coverage shared the short clip on Instagram:

"Anytime there's something with our players that casts them potentially in a bad light whether it's Johnny or any of our other guys, it's certainly a concern," said Pettine, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. "I'm sure I'll see it, I'll have a discussion with him about it."

This is the second time this year Pettine has had to comment publicly after Manziel was videoed partying during his off time. The previous incident resulted in Manziel getting benched in favor of Josh McCown, but it doesn't sound as though the consequences will be as severe this time around.  

"These circumstances are different from the incident that occurred before," Pettine said, per Cabot. "But I'm just not going to go into a ton of detail with it until I get a little bit more information about it, but it's something that I'm sure privately we'll discuss if it needs to be discussed."

On its own, the most recent Manziel video is completely innocuous. In addition, most 23-year-old NFL stars are free to enjoy their time away from the field as they choose so long as they aren't harming themselves or those around them.

Manziel is a special case, though. His party habits were well-documented during his time in college, and he made news for the wrong reasons during the summer of 2014 for two notable photos, one including a rolled-up dollar bill and the other an inflatable swan.

At the end of January, Manziel voluntarily entered a treatment facility and left after a little over a month.

"You see the reputation, what was out there," said Pettine in early December, per ESPN.com's Pat McManamon. "I don't think we anticipated that his problems, his issues, how deep-rooted they were, the extent of it."

Manziel has to remain on his best behavior at all times, and the slightest hiccup, such as his Christmas Eve video, is bound to be blown out of proportion. He can ill afford to suffer further setbacks—otherwise he'll be putting his Browns career in serious jeopardy.