With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety.
CLEVELAND — With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety.
The troubled quarterback was under investigation by two police departments after allegations that he hit his former girlfriend last weekend in Texas. Manziel was dropped by his agent Friday, was ordered this week to stay away from his ex for two years and will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month after two tumultuous seasons.
“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.
Manziel’s father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic.
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Manziel agreed to go to the Enterhealth Ranch addiction facility in Van Alstyne, Texas, but he would not stay, Paul Manziel told the Morning News. He tried to have his son admitted Tuesday to Carrollton Springs Hospital, but Manziel was allowed to leave. Paul Manziel said he told a Denton County Sheriff officer he believed his son to be suicidal.
Paul Manziel did not immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who entered the NFL with a party-boy reputation, spent 73 days last winter in a Pennsylvania treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency.
The disturbing portrait of Manziel comes as his agent dropped the 23-year-old quarterback as a client. Erik Burkhardt said that with “deep regret” he has ended the business relationship. He added he made his decision after “several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors and my client himself.”
“Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands,” the agent said in a statement.
Manziel was under police investigation for allegedly hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. She told police the former Texas A&M star struck her “several times” at a Dallas hotel and later when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. The police departments in both cities said their investigations are closed. However, Dallas police said Friday they have reopened the investigation.
Crowley filed a protective order against Manziel this week that prevents him from seeing her for two years, according to the order first obtained by television station WFAA.
The order, signed Wednesday by district court judge Mike Sinha, says Manziel must stay at least 500 feet from his ex-girlfriend’s home and place of work, and owes $12,000 in legal fees.
Crowley was inside her Fort Worth apartment Friday but was not seeing visitors.
Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf might never shake the label of “biggest draft bust in NFL history” but he now finds himself with company: Manziel.
Leaf is working as a program ambassador for a “recovery community” in Los Angeles. He is in San Francisco this week sharing his story with the Super Bowl 50 media.
“It feels like I’m holding up a mirror,” Leaf said on the Dan Patrick Show. “When I hear stories come out (about Manziel), I go, ‘Oh, my God, I did that. That’s how I behaved.’ ”
Leaf, who was selected No. 2 overall by the San Diego Chargers, never lived up to his promise and quickly acquired a bad-boy reputation in the NFL.
But unlike Manziel, who went to rehab last year, Leaf never sought help.
“Imagine if I would have done that — just go get behavioral counseling when I was in my second year and things were falling off the rails,” Leaf said. “Sometimes, things just spiral for maybe about a year. You’ve gotta be out of football for a year. You’ve gotta get your stuff right.”
Leaf said he didn’t turn to drugs until after his NFL career was over. He was arrested twice in 2012 and charged with burglary and theft of prescription drugs. Both instances involved Leaf breaking into homes and stealing oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. Leaf served two years in prison in Montana and was released in December 2014.