Johnny Manziel Suspended: Twitter Reacts to NFL's Ruling on Free-Agent QB

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 30, 2016

May 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Johnny Manziel makes his first appearance in court for his misdemeanor assault charge at the Frank Crowley Courts Building. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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If Johnny Manziel is able to convince an NFL team he's worth taking a risk on, he will be forced to sit out the first four games of next season.

Per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the NFL has suspended Manziel four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted Manziel is not out of the NFL's doghouse after the four-game suspension:

That said, there doesn't appear to be a lot of faith among NFL front offices that he will play in the league again, per Benjamin Allbright of CBS Sports:

Manziel won't have to serve a suspension if he never puts on an NFL uniform again. He did play in 10 games for the Cleveland Browns last season, throwing for 1,500 yards, but his list of off-field exploits is about as long as Infinite Jest.

Pro Football Talk pointed out the Browns benefit from Manziel's suspension:

At the start of Thursday's Russillo and Kanell show on ESPN Radio, former NFL quarterback Danny Kanell offered a silver lining for Manziel:

Manziel previously told TMZ Sports he planned to go sober starting July 1 while preparing for an NFL comeback.

Matt Marron noted the irony of Manziel's suspension:

Ryan Nanni of Every Day Should Be Saturday made a nice correlation between the length of Manziel's suspension and another punishment handed down by the NFL:

It's become easy to poke fun at Manziel for everything that's happened, but he has major issues that need to be addressed.

It's one thing to be 23 years old and having fun, yet it's completely different to have a drug suspension on your resume three months after an NFL team released you. Manziel's father is nearly begging for his son to go to jail, hoping it will provide the necessary push for him to take rehab seriously.

Manziel is a good athlete, but staying out of trouble should be a higher priority than a return to the NFL.

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