More information has surfaced regarding the video of Cleveland Browns signal-caller Johnny Manziel partying over the weekend and his subsequent demotion to third-string quarterback for the team's game against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports (via Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report), Manziel lied to the Browns about the video, telling them it was old footage. He also reportedly told his friends who shot the footage to lie as well.
Heading into the Week 11 bye, Manziel had been named the team's starter for the remainder of the season following a career-high 372 passing yards in a 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But head coach Mike Pettine quickly demoted him after he was seen partying in a club in Austin, Texas, holding a bottle of what appeared to be champagne in his hands.
Manziel spent 10 weeks in an addiction treatment center earlier in the year as he attempted to get sober. But according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, "Sources close to Manziel believe he's relapsed from his program of sobriety."
There were hints that was the case after Manziel admitted to drinking on the afternoon of Oct. 12, when he had a dispute with his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. Though he was later cleared by the NFL of domestic violence and wasn't suspended, the ordeal was "a red flag for the Browns organization," per Cabot.
And according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Browns felt betrayed when Manziel didn't remain close to the facility over the bye week, as they hoped the young quarterback would "lay low."
It remains to be seen if the 2014 first-round draft pick will ever start for the Browns again. While he has made strides on the field, throwing for 933 yards and five touchdowns with just two interceptions in five games, his off-field concerns remain an issue, and the Browns may not be keen to give him many more chances to prove himself.
Pettine and the organization surely feel they can't trust him at this point, and his demotion to third string suggests he'll have another hill to climb to earn that trust back. If he doesn't do so this season, it's possible the Browns will simply cut ties altogether in the offseason.