Armonty Bryant was taken in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. One week later, he was arrested on DUI charges and the Cleveland Browns reportedly considered releasing him right then and there. He also reportedly had drug issues wile at East Central University in Oklahoma.
The Browns decided to give the young man second chance. While at the NFL Rookie Symposium he admitted be has battled a substance abuse problem.
“I would say yes,” Bryant said, according to The Plain Dealer. “Because I thought at times I was above the game, and that’s one thing they’ve been teaching us at the symposium — don’t be above the game. It’s a blessing that I’m even here playing this game and living out a dream of mine. So don’t take advantage of this, and I feel that’s exactly what I did.”
His teammate and fellow rookie Barkevious Mingo has helped him keep his head out of trouble in the mean time.
“I’ve cut out going out, I’ve stopped drinking, everything,” he said. “I’ve just been sticking myself in a hotel room, me and Barkevious Mingo, that’s my roommate. He’s just been keeping me focused and just really helping me out through my situation and everything. We go out, go watch a movie, go out to dinner, just get my mind off stuff like that.”