Johnny Manziel's football career has not gone as planned, as the 2014 first-round pick is out of the league. But he has people in his corner who want to help him turn things around.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said Tuesday during an interview on the Rob Maaddi Show in Philadelphia (h/t Dan Graf of FoxSports.com) that the league and the Cleveland Browns are trying to get him help:
From ownership on down, general manager, head coach, their player engagement director, everyone. … We won’t stop. We’re just hoping that moment happens where Johnny is willing to accept some assistance and get the help that he really needs to just function as an individual. Forget football. But to really get his life turned around so that he can function as a good citizen and a good young man.
Vincent addressed the need for Manziel to understand he has to get help before anything else can happen:
In this particular case, it’s obvious it’s gotten out of control. You see his parents. When a father speaks out about losing his son to potentially substance abuse, you know there’s a problem. Johnny’s not returning phone calls. He’s in different states. You kind of see him, you get this notice of where he is based off of social media, and that’s a challenge, but we won’t stop. We’ll continue to keep reaching out, letting Johnny know that we love him, we care for him and that we’re here when he’s willing and wants and is able to accept assistance, we’ll be there for him.
So far, Manziel doesn’t seem to be listening. His father told ESPN's Josina Anderson (via ESPN.com) last Friday that his son is "a druggie. ... I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help."
One of Manziel's lawyers, Bob Hinton, who was working on the former Heisman winner's domestic violence case, inadvertently sent a text message to the Associated Press last week expressing his doubts that Manziel could stay sober as part of a potential plea deal.
Manziel told TMZ Sports he intends to get sober starting July 1, though it's worth noting he said as much while staying in a mansion in Mexico with 20 people.
The Browns and the NFL can only do so much. Manziel has to want to meet them halfway if he is to turn his life around, let alone salvage his football career.