Report: Johnny Manziel spotted at bar after Tuesday's practice
The Browns had Wednesday off and Manziel was spotted Tuesday night at Two Bucks (it's a bar!), which is less than two miles from the team's facility in Berea, Ohio.
Good news, courtesy of CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora: Despite the non-stop stories of Johnny Manziel partying it up, he's actually quiet and shy. And NFL Network's Charley Casserly adds that Johnny Football has been a consummate professional once he makes it to the facility.
In fact, multiple Browns' sources told Casserly that Manziel, the team's 2014 first-round pick, has displayed a "first-in, last-out mentality" and showed up to training camp with a strong understanding of the playbook.
Now for the bad news: The Browns had Wednesday off and Manziel was spotted Tuesday night at Two Bucks (it's a bar!), which is less than two miles from the team's facility in Berea, Ohio, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich.
We don't care if a grown man has an adult beverage but this is only a story because team owner Jimmy Haslam said just three days before that "We expect better from him," after the Browns were reportedly "stunned" by Manziel's nonstop partying.
"Johnny said it himself. He made some mistakes. We expect better from him," Haslam said Saturday. "I'm sure he'll perform now. We're anxious to see what he can do on the field, which is what really counts."
Asked whether Manziel had learned his lesson about taking his job seriously, Haslam said, "We'll see."
We don't know if having a beer on your day off qualifies as evidence that Manziel doesn't take his job seriously -- especially in light of La Canfora and Casserly's comments -- but it's one of those things that doesn't have to happen. Manziel can just lay low, study his playbook, and if he has to have a beer, do it in the privacy of his own home away from the prying eyes of, well, everybody.
This latest incident (if we're even going to call it that) also flies in the face of what Manziel's Texas A&M teammate and Buccaneers first-rounder Mike Evans said about his former quarterback.
"Yeah, absolutely,'' Evans said in June when asked if Manziel would tone down his off-field antics once training camp started. "In college when he was doing it, I didn't care as long as he was coming to play ball. He's commitment to the team. He's a competitor, and he wants to win. What he does off the field is none of my business."
On Saturday, Manziel tried to explain where he's coming from.
"Here's the thing I want to say,'' he began. "The reason that I'm popular or the reason people follow me and there's been such a buzz around me is that when I went out on Saturdays at Texas A&M, I played with an extreme amount of passion and I played with my heart on my sleeve.
"But more than anything, I had fun. I have fun playing this game. I have fun going out on this field playing football. It's what I live for, it's what I do. Same way off the field, whether I'm going out and playing golf or going out and having a night life, whatever it is, I have a lot of fun. That's what my life is and luckily for me, I'm living out my dream of playing in the NFL and having a ton of fun. ...
"I'm 21 years old and age is not an excuse, but I need to mature and I have done some immature things but moving forward I'm going to try and mature and get better and handle myself better as a professional that's really all I can say about that," he continued.
"But my life is incredible. I'm blessed to be in this position and I'm going to have fun each and every day, whether it's practice, whether it's training camp, whether it's during the season and going out and playing the game, which will be even better or it's going out in the offseason and playing golf or hanging out with my family. Life's fun and enjoy it while it's here."
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