CANTON, Ohio – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, speaking publicly for the first time since the team drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, made it clear “Johnny Football” will have to earn everything he gets and won’t jump starter Brian Hoyer on the depth chart just because he has the 2012 Heisman Trophy, celebrity friends or fame.
“He’s not the starter,” Haslam said of Manziel when speaking to a packed room of about 500 Monday at the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.
Manziel was the 22nd player drafted and Haslam said the Browns — starting with first-year coach Mike Pettine — have told him not to expect any preferential treatment.
“We were very frank with him that ‘You’re the backup quarterback. This is a hardworking, blue-collar town. This isn’t Hollywood,’ ” Haslam said.
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Haslam said the Browns have released 30-year-old quarterback Vince Young, who signed May 1.
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Bailey, 23, tweeted he has never taken performance enhancers.
“I acknowledge that a violation of league policy occurred and that I am responsible for that violation,” Bailey added on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize” to the team.
Responding to negative tweets, Bailey said, “Everyone makes mistakes.”
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