After the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Manziel, the organization seemed to rule with an iron fist. If it wasn’t the team informing Manziel that he was a backup quarterback, it was being regulated to third-string duties. If it wasn’t that, it was Manziel being informed that he was ‘no longer in Hollywood’.
But despite the harsh moments during Manziel’s first week in the NFL, the team has been relatively quiet about his partying ways. That was, until today when the Browns essentially suggested that they have no problem with it and head coach Mike Pettine went as far as to state he believes many are jealous of what football has done for Manziel.
“He’s very difficult on himself, he’s a guy that he wants to win every down, and you could tell. He gets very upset when things don’t work out. That showed up in his college tape, when there were times when he felt he had to take it on himself to will his team to win. And we understand too that he does love what football has done for him, and in large part I think a lot of us are jealous of what football has done for him. After he wins the Heisman, and the world was kind of laid at his feet.”
It’s a bit of a strange comment and really doesn’t fit into what Pettine was attempting to say, though, I’m not sure jealously is the reason so many are intrigued with Manziel and his off field antics.
It’s just a modern day version of Broadway Joe as fans and media simply couldn’t get enough of his flashy lifestyle. This time around though, we have the power of social media which Manziel is already accustom to dealing with – even if he’s captured drunk on an inflatable swan.