When the Cleveland Browns selected former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they knew what they were getting. Manziel is a player that has a wild off-field life and someone who loves being in the spotlight.
Considering the Browns knew that when they drafted Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick in the draft, it was a bit of a surprise that they have been handling Manziel the way they have in the media since joining the team.
The Browns have been trying to humble Manziel by making it clear that he is a back up and he is not in Hollywood, and now they want him to slow things down.
On the same day that Browns teammates admitted questions about Manziel are a distraction, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly wants Manziel to tone it down and act more like a professional.
The incident that really pushed Haslam over the edge was Manziel with a stack of cash as a phone saying, “I can’t hear you. There’s too much money in my f–king hand.”
“It did not sit well with the owner Jimmy Haslam, who did instruct his staff to at least have a talk with Johnny about being more savvy as he deals with social media,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said, via Cleveland.com.
“We know you’re young. We know you’re single. Joe Montana himself said that Bill Walsh pulled him aside, and that was before the age of social media. Johnny Manziel has been told to tone it down, and to watch what goes up on social media.”
If Manziel doesn’t figure out a way to balance his off-field antics and focus on football, he may struggle to break into the starting lineup his rookie year.