Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is having a "tough time" following allegations of domestic violence by former girlfriend Colleen Crowley, but his friends are trying to help him through it, according to Bianca Ghezzi, a swimsuit model who recently spent time with the NFL star.
Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail passed along comments from Ghezzi, who was with Manziel over the weekend. She said he's been able to control himself in Miami and is just acting like a normal 23-year-old.
"It's Miami and things get a little out of control down here and he's able to keep himself together, he's not completely wasted all the time, he's not taking drugs," she said.
But despite that, she did confirm that Manziel is putting himself in situations where alcohol is present.
When Johnny gets upset, his friends are saying, "You know what, why don't we go out to dinner, let's go out to this club."
There's no recklessness about it, he's doing what any average guy his age would be doing and his friends are doing their best to be supportive.
Last week, Tasha Tsiaperas and Jennifer Emily of the Dallas Morning News reported Manziel's case, listed as a "Class A misdemeanor assault/domestic violence case" by police officials, was sent to a Dallas County grand jury to determine whether he would face charges.
TMZ Sports reported the quarterback was seen partying in a Miami nightclub hours after the grand jury announcement was made.
Ghezzi told the Daily Mail she believes Manziel is just trying to make the best of a difficult situation:
He's in Miami to have fun, but having had conversations with his friends I can tell he's going through a tough time.
For the situation that's going on you'd think he would be taking it a lot harder but I think he's trying to stay positive with everything that's going on.
If you sit around and think about all the negative things that are potentially going to happen, I think it's going to drive you crazy.
Paul Manziel, Johnny's father, previously told Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News that he's extremely concerned about his son's well-being.
"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," he said.
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Manziel always featured a lot of natural talent, like when he won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 while at Texas A&M. The questions as he prepared to enter the NFL surrounded whether he possessed the necessary dedication to succeed at the sport's highest level.
So far, the answer has been a resounding no. At 23, he's still got plenty of time to turn things around, but whether that's going to happen is a mystery at this stage.
No timetable was released for a decision from the grand jury concerning the domestic violence case.