As details start to emerge from his latest incident with former girlfriend Colleen Crowley, each cringeworthy accusation becomes more of an indictment of the falling star and a warning for NFL teams considering him as an option once the Cleveland Browns release the mercurial signal-caller, which is likely to happen in March, according to ESPN.com's Pat McManamon.
According to a report from Rebecca Lopez of WFAA 8, Crowley allegedly claimed Manziel hit her in the ear, dragged her by her hair and claimed he would kill her and himself. The quarterback's ex-girlfriend even thought Manziel might be under the influence of drugs.
First and foremost, Manziel will not be charged by the Dallas Police Department, but the Fort Worth Police Department is still looking into the situation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
While Dallas PD has closed its investigation into Johnny Manziel's alleged assault, Fort Worth PD has not. Its investigation continues.2/5/2016, 1:08:58 AM
However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Fort Worth Police Department won't file charges:
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Officers for Ft. Worth PD and Dallas Police Dept confirm no charges will be filed against Johnny Manziel from the alleged incident on 1/302/5/2016, 1:16:39 AM
Despite a lack of formal charges, this only adds to the concerns swirling around the naturally gifted athlete. Manziel's repeated off-field issues and lack of sensible priorities should make him as toxic as any player around the league.
Sadly, none of this should come as a surprise since his father, Paul, predicted his implosion long before the Browns used the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft on the Texas A&M product.
The elder Manziel described his son's volcanic temper to ESPN the Magazine's Wright Thompson before the quarterback's redshirt sophomore campaign in College Station:
I don't enjoy playing golf with him because I don't want to see that temper. I honestly do not. I cringe when he wants to play golf. I don't want to do it, but I know I have to do it. Because he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he's wrong -- and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who's gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn't gonna do it.
When Manziel voluntarily entered rehab after his rookie campaign, it wasn't his first brush with a trained professional trying to help him with his demons. Thompson wrote:
Paul thinks Johnny drinks to deal with the stress. After his arrest, Johnny's parents and [Texas A&M head coach Kevin] Sumlin mandated he visit an alcohol counselor; Johnny saw him six or seven weeks during the season. About the only place they still see the real him is on the football field. Mostly what they see is the emotional byproduct of whatever is chewing him up inside. 'I don't know where the anger comes from,' Paul says. 'I don't think he knows. If it comes from his drinking, or if he's mad at himself for not being a better person when he fails, when he fails God and his mom and me. If it makes him angry that he's got demons in him. You can only speculate because you can't go in there.'
For some reason, his father's concerns didn't become a giant red flag around the NFL.
This isn't a young man who couldn't handle the stress of being a professional. This isn't someone lashing out because of his circumstances, as some assumed. It can only be viewed as a track record.
Since being selected in the first round, Manziel:
- Excessively partied.
- Told media, "I'm not going to change who I am for anybody."
- Was caught in a compromising position.
- Showed up late for a team meeting.
- Flipped off the Washington Redskins in a preseason game.
- Got into a fight in downtown Cleveland.
- Said he needs to take his job a "lot more seriously."
- Didn't show up for treatment, and Browns security had to track him down.
- Entered a clinical treatment facility—spent 73 days in treatment.
- Threw a water bottle at a fan who was harassing him.
- Was questioned by police after a domestic incident with his girlfriend.
- Was demoted to third-string quarterback after lying to former Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
- Skipped out on his team and medical treatment for a concussion during final game.
- Was investigated for another domestic incident.
From day one, Manziel lacked accountability and professionalism. As a result, any interest in him is waning at best.
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However, the Cowboys took a chance on defensive end Greg Hardy last season, who had a history of domestic violence, and the move wasn't well-received by the general public. More importantly, Hardy wasn't well-received in the locker room.
According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Hardy partied too much during the season, which caused him to be late to several team meetings.
Jones' affinity for Manziel may still exist, but it's hard to imagine the organization taking the same path after the failed Hardy experiment—nor should it.
Simply put: Manziel isn't worth the headaches for any franchise.
Of course, per ESPN's Ed Werder, the 23-year-old quarterback still believes he has options once the Browns release him. These options become far less likely after this latest incident, however.
Sure, Ray Rice is allowed to play in the NFL. After all, he wasn't found guilty of anything. Yet, teams don't think he's worth their time.
Neither is Johnny Football. At this point, the persona is far more interesting than anything he actually accomplished on an NFL field.
In 14 games, Manziel completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and seven fumbles. He showed minimal growth as a pocket passer and remained beset by poor passing mechanics.
When stacked against other quarterbacks drafted in the 2014 class—Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr—Manziel is so far behind the curve, he's already been lapped.
Before the Browns drafted Manziel, he texted the coaching staff, telling it he wanted to "wreck this league," according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. Instead, he wrecked his reputation, sabotaged his career and likely needs a moment of clarity regarding his life before he can even think about becoming a worthwhile NFL quarterback.
Professional football is more popular than ever. It doesn't need Johnny Football to sell tickets or merchandise. Manziel is nothing more than a distraction, and teams hate distractions.
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