Johnny Manziel Checks Into Rehab

By John Lavitt 02/02/15

After a disastrous rookie season, Johnny Football finally realized he has a problem.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, also known by his nickname "Johnny Football," has entered treatment for drug and alcohol problems.

Manziel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Despite a glamorous college career at Texas A&M, where he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Manziel’s rookie season in the pros was a negative roller-coaster ride of bad publicity and even worse play on the field.

According to family advisor Brad Beckworth, Manziel entered treatment last Wednesday. Despite having a six-figure offer on the table to host a Super Bowl party at a Las Vegas Casino, Manziel made the smart choice to take care of his health and ensure his future.

“Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the off-season was the right time to take this step," Beckworth said in a statement. "On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

Recently, some of Manziel’s teammates were quoted in an ESPN story questioning the rookie’s work ethic and his rowdy off-field behavior. Whether partying with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas or rolling up a bill in the bathroom of a local bar, Manziel’s behavior was erratic throughout the season.

On the field, in five total games, he had a dismal showing, throwing no touchdowns, two interceptions and rushing for a measly 29 yards before missing the season finale with a hamstring injury.

In a recent interview, Johnny Manziel expressed a positive awareness in regards to his tough rookie season. "There's nothing I can sit here and tell you (that will make this go away)," he said. "I can't sit here and talk to these mics or these cameras or anything that's going to do any good. It's about actions, it's about being accountable and doing what I'm going to say instead of looking like a jackass."

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.