Video Emerges of Johnny Manziel Allegedly Drinking Alcohol at Miami Nightclub

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 28, 2016

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was spotted this past Thursday evening at STORY Nightclub in Miami allegedly drinking champagne.

TMZ Sports obtained exclusive video footage of Manziel on Sunday and cited multiple witnesses in its report. The former Heisman Trophy winner wore a big hat and sunglasses.

Manziel is currently under investigation for domestic violence. The case was sent to a grand jury Thursday, per USA Today's Eric Prisbell. The grand jury will decide whether the 23-year-old will be indicted.

The signal-caller's off-field problems have been well-documented, but even the threat of a criminal case doesn't appear to be changing his habits.

Manziel spent part of the previous offseason in a rehab facility and showed marked improvement on the field in 2015. Unfortunately, the unfavorable tendencies that played a part in a disastrous rookie season resurfaced before long, as he was benched for lying about a partying video that surfaced during the Browns' bye week.

New Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson and executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown have publicly criticized Manziel for his conduct.

Brown was first with an emphatic statement released through the team's official website on February 2:

We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.

"That behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward. Our organization is going to take a stand," said Jackson on Feb. 24 in addressing Manziel's domestic violence case, per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

In light of those two strong stands by key figures in the organization, Manziel has essentially dashed any hopes of being the Browns' solution under center with self-destructive actions.

The Browns hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft and are likely to bring aboard another quarterback after the unmitigated failure that was the Manziel experiment.

Manziel will be fortunate to find another job in the NFL upon his expected release from Cleveland if he doesn't drastically change his ways.