Report: Browns 'stunned' by Johnny Manziel's nonstop partying
The Browns have been slightly 'alarmed' by Johnny Manziel's behavior.
Everyone who has followed Johnny Manziel's career from Texas A&M to the NFL has probably noticed one thing: Johnny Football likes to party.
One of the reasons the Browns took Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in May's draft is because Johnny Football said he had "grown up" and put the partying behind him. In only two months with the team, that clearly hasn't been the case and the Browns think his partying is actually hurting his play on the field.
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.
In the 11 weekends between when Manziel was drafted and when he reported to training camp, the quarterback has gone on at least eight trips. One of those trips included a Fourth of July visit to Austin, Texas, where he was pictured in a bathroom rolling up some cash.
The bathroom picture alarmed the Browns so much that coach Mike Pettine called Manziel from Hawaii, where Pettine was on vacation. According to Cleveland.com, a picture like that can warrant an NFL inquiry and a drug test.
In an interview with ESPNCleveland.com this week, Pettine was asked specifically about the conversation he had with Manziel regarding the bathroom picture, "I felt very positive coming out of the conversation and I'm very confident moving forward, now that it's 100 percent about football, that it will be much less of an issue," Pettine said.
Of course, Pettine's not going to come out and say, "I think Johnny has a problem."
However, if probably should be pointed out that Pettine didn't unequivocally say "no" when he was directly asked by ESPN Cleveland whether he thought Manziel had a drinking problem.
Pettine has made it clear Manziel is a long way from winning the starting job in Cleveland and that Hoyer is "securely ahead" of Manziel.
The Browns coach has already announced that Hoyer will be the team's starter in Week 1 of the preseason. An anonymous Browns player took that one step further on Friday, telling ESPN.com, "We're all expecting Hoyer to start" in Week 1 of the regular season.
Should the Browns be alarmed? Or is this just Johnny being Johnny?
If you've lost track of what Manziel's offseason has been like, here's a brief reminder: Manziel went to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend, then was back there for the Fourth of July. That Fourth of July vacation also included a stop in Austin, Texas, where he was caught in the aforementioned bar bathroom photo.
Manziel has also been photographed riding an inflatable swan, hanging out with Justin Bieber and taking a selfie with RG3. He's also in a picture with Bieber's ex-girlfriend in Houston and of course there's the video of Manziel using a wad of cash as a cell phone.
Manziel also played along during the ESPYs when Drake made a joke about Johnny Football doing mushrooms.
Does all of this mean Manziel can't win the quarterback job? A source who talked to Cleveland.com thinks the rookie can still win it.
"People will see how hard Johnny works once this thing gets rolling," the source said. "He'll get more mature as he goes along. He's 21 and people want him to be 35. I would not count him out."
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