Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is known for his wild off-field antics that have caused many to question just how seriously he takes football. Manziel is competing for the Browns starting quarterback job, but his love for partying may have cost him that chance.
In a column from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, she described the Browns concern about Manziel’s behavior which came to a boiling point after suspicious photos of Manziel with tightly rolled bills surfaced.
The Browns are reportedly “alarmed” with Manziel’s behavior and they fear it may have set him back in the competition.
Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, and some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook.
Team officials had bought into Manziel’s pre-draft promises to tone down the partying and leave his frat-boy lifestyle back in College Station, Texas, and they’ve been stunned by his non-stop antics, sources said.
Since they traded up to draft him No. 1 overall on May 8, he’s partied hard in New York City, Las Vegas twice, Los Angeles with hip-star Drake, Austin, Tex., Houston, Tex. and at pop star Justin Bieber’s house in Beverly Hills with the likes of world champ Floyd Mayweather.
The Browns players are now saying that they expect Brian Hoyer to be the starter.
If that is a direct reflection of his regression in practice and the lack of dedication to the playbook, those off-field antics from Manziel that were such a concern for a number of teams around the league may have cost Manziel his opportunity to become the team’s starting quarterback.