Johnny Manziel's Father Comments on QB's Alleged Drug Use, Potential Jail Time

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 25, 2016

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Paul Manziel, the father of troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, expressed further concern for his son's well-being and suspected drug use.

In speaking with ESPN's Josina Anderson, Paul Manziel suggested jail may be the best place for the 2014 first-round draft pick to end up, per ESPN.com on June 24:

He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie. I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say. I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail.

I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see.

Johnny Manziel faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge that could result in up to one year in prison, per ESPN.com.

Elaborating further on his son's issues, Paul Manziel explained how he sent the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner to a rehab facility but couldn't keep him there:

I had him in rehab and he escaped and the doctors let him go, and that is a whole other story. So, I mean, I had him and the system failed. It didn't work. He has more money than me so he can outrun me.

Like I said, there are two things are going to happen: He's either going to die, or he's going to figure out that he needs help. It's one of the two. But we've done everything that we can do. Life goes on. You can't just chase somebody that's not willing to listen.

On Tuesday, Manziel posted a photo of himself in Mexico with a caption that included the hashtag "#hiDad":

After a disastrous rookie year with the Browns, Johnny Manziel went to rehab ahead of his second NFL season. Although he showed considerable improvement as a player in 2015, Manziel couldn't keep himself out of trouble away from the gridiron.

In February, Paul Manziel said he tried to get his son into rehab twice but was unsuccessful, per the Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos.

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," he said.

On Friday, ESPN.com noted a text defense attorney Bob Hinton accidentally sent to the Associated Press revealed Johnny Manziel may have spent $1,018.77 at a drug paraphernalia store only 15 hours after he reported a hit-and-run car crash.

The AP's Schuyler Dixon reported Hinton's text indicated his legal team is looking for a plea deal in his domestic violence case. The lawyer also expressed doubt that his client could remain clean from drugs.


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