Johnny Manziel is certainly a young man who enjoys his fun and his babes and his booze, but is there something more going on than Manziel just being a regular party animal? Is it time to worry that Johnny Manziel might be a flat out alcoholic?
At least one Cleveland writer thinks so. In her latest column, Mary Kay Cabot wonders aloud if it isn’t time for the Browns to have Manziel checked out. In a response to a mailbag question about Manziel’s behavior and whether it’s time for him to stop the partying and get it together, Cabot says:
Yes, it is time for Johnny Manziel to buckle down and focus on winning the starting quarterback job. It’s also time for the Browns and other people in Manziel’s life to pull him aside and address his drinking. I’m guessing the Browns are already doing this, but keeping it private. With the pattern Manziel has shown since being drafted, it’s time to have him evaluated by a chemical dependency counselor to make sure he doesn’t have a problem. If he checks out okay, he needs to follow Joe Haden’s advice: when he and his friends are out, put away the phones.
This is crazy talk, Mary Kay Cabot. Yes, we’ve seen pictures of Johnny Manziel doing stuff that drunk people do, like floating around on an inflatable swan with a big bottle. But it’s a long way from that to assuming the guy is an alcoholic.
Ask yourself, has Johnny Manziel done anything really bad? Has he punched anyone during a bar brawl? Has he driven a car into a fire hydrant? Has he molested anyone?
Partying a lot doesn’t make you an alcoholic. The Browns certainly know what the deal is with Johnny and whether they need to be worried. If they’re not concerned, then Mary Kay Cabot and the other uptight idiots in the media have no reason to be concerned.
Maybe Mary Kay Cabot is the one who needs to get checked out. For having no life.