Johnny Manziel's Agent Parts Ways with QB: Latest Comments, Reaction

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Johnny Manziel's Agent Parts Ways with QB: Latest Comments, Reaction
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Erik Burkhardt, who served as the agent for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, announced Friday he's ending his professional relationship with the 23-year-old amid Manziel's continued off-field issues.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com first reported the news. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk passed along the full statement from Burkhardt:

It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors, and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel. Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands. His family and I have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order. Accountability is the foundation of any relationship, and without it the function of my work is counterproductive. I truly wish the best for Johnny and sincerely hope he can, and will, find the kind of peace and happiness he deserves.

The decision comes after the latest alleged incident between Manziel and ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

Rebecca Lopez of WFAA News 8 reported Thursday that Crowley claims the NFL player struck her and told her "shut up or I'll kill us both" during an encounter last week.

Manziel denied those allegations to TMZ Sports. Tom Withers of the Associated Press noted both Texas police departments involved in the investigation closed the case of possible assault without filing charges.

The quarterback has dealt with a long line of off-field problems since the Browns drafted him in the first round in 2014. Pat McManamon of ESPN.com (via Will Brinson of CBSSports.com) noted the team is likely to release him once the new league year begins next month.

Manziel has failed to make much of an impression on the field for Cleveland. He's appeared in 14 games over his first two seasons and accumulated a lackluster 74.4 passer rating with seven passing touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The former Heisman Trophy winner has always sported the necessary talent to have success. The questions surround his dedication when it comes to playing the sport's most important position. His inability to stay out of the negative spotlight is obviously a worrisome trend.

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