Johnny Manziel Recounts Vegas Story Preceding His Release After the 2015 Season

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field, after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 27, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Johnny Manziel, who hopes to make a return to the NFL, has revisited an incident that pushed him out of the league.  

After Manziel suffered a concussion in Week 16 of the 2015 season, the Browns expected him to receive treatment before the next game. Instead, the quarterback went to Las Vegas for a night of fun and disguise, as he told former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins on the podcast The ThomaHawk Show (h/t SI.com):  

"One of those problems led me to Vegas. I felt like I couldn't solidify or fix my home life without going out there. So I fly out there, I get there at 2 or 3 or whatever time it is and I'm going to stay there for three hours and I'm going to catch the 10:30 flight back so I can make my mandatory treatment session the next day. And then I'm like, 'You know what, that craps table is calling my name, that blackjack table's calling my name.'"

When spotted at the Planet Hollywood casino, Manziel didn't attempt to flee the scene. He tried to disguise himself with a wig and buzzed off his facial hair, and then he enjoyed his stay at the tables before going to dinner.  

The former Browns quarterback never made it back for treatment. Unsurprisingly, the team cut Manziel in the offseason, and he hasn't played a down since.  


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