Tragic Details About The Man Once Known As Johnny ‘Football’

Johnny Manziel was poised to become one of
the greatest quarterbacks in football history when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns
in 2014. But soon enough, he became another disgraced
sports star instead. Let’s take a look at his tragic downfall. Before he played his first NFL game, Manziel
was living the good life. Thanks to his family’s riches, which were
acquired in the Texas oil industry, he wasn’t broke and feasting on ramen noodles like other
college kids. Instead, he had more than enough money to
party, travel, and hobnob with celebrities. That said, when the headlines favored his
bad behavior over his on-field exploits, it made many people question if he had the drive
and focus to become an NFL superstar. In 2012, Manziel was arrested after being
involved in a fight during his freshman year at Texas A&M. He spent the night in jail after being charged
with disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a false identification card. Despite his arrest and ever-growing reputation
for being a misfit, he was chosen to be a counselor at the 2013 Manning Passing Academy,
a four-day football camp hosted by the Manning football family. But the move didn’t exactly work out for him. There were rumors that he had overslept and
skipped out on coaches’ meetings. His parents even called in sick for him at
one point, citing dehydration. Eventually, he and the camp’s officials mutually
decided that he would leave a day early. Suspicions that Manziel was on a self-destructive
path of hard partying and drug and alcohol abuse were all but confirmed in 2014 during
Fourth of July weekend. NBC Sports posted a photo of the quarterback
inside a Las Vegas hotel bathroom with a rolled-up $20 bill in his hand. Many speculated that the money was to be used
for snorting cocaine or another illegal substance. Over the years, there have been many photographs
of Manziel partying like his life depended on it, including one in which he chugged a
bottle of alcohol in a swimming pool. But over time, it soon appeared that he wasn’t
just a social drinker who was cutting loose and letting off some steam. Instead, he seemed to be fighting a battle
that was much stronger than himself. In January 2016, it was reported that Manziel
had shown up to a Browns’ practice completely wasted after returning from another trip to
Las Vegas. He entered the Browns’ facility looking disheveled
and inebriated. It wasn’t a good look for him at all, and
that wasn’t the end of his troubles. “And maybe he needs to get some sort of moral
upgrade.” In November 2014, Manziel was among 20 men
and two security guards who were involved in a late-night brawl at a ritzy downtown
Cleveland hotel. The alleged victim, Chris Gonos, said that
he approached Manziel and professed his love for the quarterback. When he stepped towards Manziel, a member
of Manziel’s crew allegedly attacked him, leaving the victim with a bruised hip and
a bruised elbow. Manziel shared his side of the story with “This was a very intoxicated, very aggressive
person that approached me in the lobby.” This wasn’t Manziel’s only run-in with the
law. There was also the two-day party he threw
at a Los Angeles rental home in April 2016. The rager was so disruptive that comedian
Kathy Griffin, who had a home in the area, and other neighbors made calls to the cops. Once Manziel and his crew left the $4.5 million
pad, the owners reportedly found the place in shambles. They estimated $32,000 worth of damage and
reported booze and drugs strewn around, a glass table and a bathroom door that had been
broken, and wine stains and cigarette burns left on the carpets. Manziel was hit with a lawsuit for the damages. After all the speculation about his drug and
alcohol addictions, Manziel took a step in the right direction by admitting himself into
rehab in February 2015. His family adviser Brad Beckworth released
a statement that read, “Johnny knows there are areas in which he
needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought
the offseason was the right time to take this step.” In April of that year, Manziel completed his
ten-week treatment and released a statement through the Cleveland Browns’ official website. He thanked the doctors and staff members for
being “amazing,” and he also apologized to the Browns organization and the fans for letting
them down. As he put it, “I take full responsibility for my actions
and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will
only happen through what I do and not what I say.” Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for more
issues to emerge. In January 2016, Manziel was involved in a
terrifying incident with his then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. While staying in a hotel room in Dallas, the
couple allegedly argued over Manziel maintaining contact with another girl. When Crowley tried to leave the room, Manziel
reportedly restrained her before leading her back to the valet area of the hotel. Although Crowley pleaded with the valet attendant
to not allow Manziel to leave with her, the attendant reportedly told her, quote, “I don’t
know what to do.” Manziel and Crowley then entered his car and
drove off, but when he stopped about a half-mile from where her vehicle was parked, Crowley
reportedly jumped out of Manziel’s car and attempted to hide. She reportedly told police that he grabbed
her by the hair and threw her back into the car and got back in himself. Then he hit her with his hand on her left
ear for jumping out of the car. She then wasn’t able to hear out of that ear
and still couldn’t two days later. Manziel then reportedly drove to Crowley’s
apartment, and during the drive, threatened her by saying, quote, “Shut up or I’ll kill
us both.” Upon entering her apartment, she grabbed a
knife from the kitchen to defend herself, causing Manziel to flee from the scene. While the charges against him were later dismissed,
he was ordered to refrain from having any contact with Crowley. Manziel’s time on the field wasn’t as frightening
as his personal life, but it was chaotic in its own ways. He was poised to become the Cleveland Browns’
franchise quarterback, but retaining the starting position was no easy task. In May 2015, following his ten-week stint
in rehab, he lost the starting position to Josh McCown. According to then-head coach Mike Pettine,
the team wanted Manziel to focus on his health and perfecting his craft instead of dealing
with the pressures of leading the team on the field. As he told the Chronicle-Telegram, “We want [Manziel], essentially, with horse
blinders on. Focus on his job, getting up every day, perfecting
his craft, whatever it is, homework that the quarterbacks have or come out and working
on his footwork, his releases. That he’s much more concerned about himself
than really anything else.” By November of that year, Manziel was placed
back in the starting position, only to lose it to McCown once again. He was then relegated to the third-string
backup after video surfaced of him partying during the team’s week off. Coach Pettine said at the time, “I’m especially disappointed in his actions
and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year
have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding
of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level.” Initially, the world couldn’t wait to see
what Johnny Manziel would bring to the field. But the glimmer of hope that he’d become a
dynamic force quickly dissipated. Sports fans became fed up with his arrogance
and cockiness, especially since they believed his subpar on-field talents didn’t warrant
all of his showboating. When Manziel injured his hamstring during
a game against the Carolina Panthers, the crowd at the Panthers’ stadium actually cheered
in response. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, for his part,
went on the record to say it was “sad” to see the crowd’s response. In April 2014, Manziel soon realized it wasn’t
just NFL fans who were fed up with his antics. While attending college basketball’s Final
Four in Dallas, his face appeared on the jumbotron screen in the arena, and fans booed both him
and his companion, rapper Drake. In January 2015, TMZ reported that partygoers
at a Houston nightclub heckled the quarterback and shouted at him aggressively. Manziel and his crew were even doused with
drinks. Sports fans were letting it be known: Johnny
Manziel was one of the sport world’s most despised athletes. As Manziel’s life continued to snowball out
of control, things came to a head in March 2016 when the Cleveland Browns decided to
waive the quarterback and be done with him once and for all. In his two seasons with the organization,
he played in only 14 games and was the starting QB for only eight of them. Instead of success on the field, his time
in Ohio was marked by injuries and off-field distractions. The move signaled Manziel’s status as a free
agent, meaning any team would be able to sign him to their roster. But with his tarnished reputation, many weren’t
surprised that most teams didn’t want to touch him with a 10-foot pole. Looking back on his time in the league, Manziel
cited his battle with depression and substance abuse for his poor behavior that eventually
cost him his NFL career. In February 2018, the troubled athlete told
Good Morning America, “I was self-medicating with alcohol because
that’s what I thought was making me happy to help me get out of that depression to a
point where I felt like I had some sense of happiness.” Although he was able to refrain from drinking
alcohol for a period of five months, his depression never went away, which caused him to put the
focus on his mental health, which included taking medication for bipolar disorder. As he put it, “I’m working to try and make sure that I don’t
fall back into any type of depression because I know where that leads me.” While Manziel was making some positive changes
in his life, he married model Bre Tiesi at a California courthouse in a private ceremony
in March 2018. But after just one year of marriage, Tiesi
removed the “Manziel” portion of her last name on Instagram and scrubbed her husband
from her social media accounts. She then jetted off to Bali, Indonesia and
posted a bikini-clad photo of herself, leading Internet trolls to come out in full force
and question the state of her marriage. In the comments of the post, she referenced
that vows had been broken. Days later, Manziel broke his silence and
officially announced their split, telling TMZ Sports that he was “very sad” about the
entire situation. According to sources cited by People magazine,
the couple had previously considered separating at one point, but following Tiesi’s trip to
Bali, she had an inkling that Manziel had been cheating. One insider told People, “She somehow found out, and she was irate. I don’t know how she found out, but she did.” A second source revealed, “Johnny wanted to work it out. But she wasn’t having it. So they decided earlier this week that it’s
over. Now they both have to move on.” After becoming a free agent in 2016, Manziel
sobered up, but NFL teams were still cautious about giving him a second chance. His dream of being a star quarterback wasn’t
completely lost, though. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football
League signed him to a two-year deal in May 2018. He was then traded to the Montreal Alouettes
midway through the season only to get dumped by the team and kicked out of the CFL in February
2019, as he had violated the agreement that made him eligible to play in the league. In March 2019, he announced that he’d signed
with the Alliance of American Football as a member of the Memphis Express. However, as with most aspects of Manziel’s
tragic downfall, this deal fell apart when the league ceased operations the following
month. After lying low for a few months, it was revealed
that Manziel was granted a trademark for the word “COMEBACKSZN.” According to a tweet sent out by his lawyer,
the term, which would be used on footwear and apparel, was geared toward anyone who’s
been hurt and down and out. Don’t count “Johnny Football” out just yet! “And I love being out there, like, I’m having
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