May 10, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant (95) answers questions during a press conference at rookie minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Armonty Bryant Admits To Substance Abuse Issues


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.”

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  • Geoff Taylor

    Going to a movie and out for dinner is not a solution for a drug and alcohol problem -rehab /recovery/religion and OR spirituality are just some of the ways one can stay clean and sober. Educating ones self regarding nature of the disease of drug addiction and alcoholism is crucial for a drug and alcohol free life – one day at at time. From one whose been there and keeps on going