We cannot remember the Cleveland sports media having to cover an athlete like Johnny Manziel.
Sure, LeBron James is a national figure, a worldwide personality really, but James is someone who keeps to himself during the off-season. He is really only seen at charity functions and family vacations.
It seems the more veteran members of the sports media here have more of a problem with Manziel being at nightclubs during his free time than the younger writers do.
Personally, it doesn’t matter to us what the player does during his free time.
Here are a few things we do know–
Manziel was in rehab earlier this year. However, we do not know what he was getting treatment for.
Manziel did have an incident with his girlfriend in Avon in October. The NFL investigated the situation and determined no suspension was in order.
Unfortunately, this leads to wild speculation as to what the former Heisman Trophy winner is doing with his life and his commitment to the NFL and the Browns.
Manziel said he wouldn’t do anything to embarrass the franchise during the bye week, and quite frankly, being seen in a nightclub doesn’t seem like he did that.
He wasn’t riding an inflatable swan, he wasn’t talking on a “money phone”, he was just in a nightclub, probably the same as many of his teammates.
Those guys don’t have TMZ following them though.
Manziel should not have to live his life differently because of his past, his “Johnny Football” persona. That doesn’t matter to those who think he should be studying film 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
The QB could be spending his afternoons studying tape and working at his craft, and wants to take a few hours to unwind.
He hasn’t been spotted publicly drunk, or starting fights. He’s just out on the town.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
Let’s face it, if Manziel throws for 300 yards and leads the Browns to a victory over the Ravens on Monday night, no one will care what he did on his bye week.
And if he plays well for the rest of the season, he should be the starting QB going into training camp next summer.
If he doesn’t play well, the Browns will look for another guy to play the position probably in the 2016 draft.
What the media doesn’t understand is that Johnny Manziel doesn’t care what people think about what he does.
And if the front office and coaching staff judge him by anything other than how he performs in the locker room and on the field, then that says more about them than it says about Manziel.
If he wins and plays well, no one will care. Except the old farts in the media who will continue to bring it up.