Johnny Manziel breaks silence, hints at a possible future in football
The former Browns quarterback says he is clean for now and working out
Over the past the past six months, Johnny Manziel has done a lot of partying, a lot of clubbing, a lot of traveling and attended a lot of Justin Bieber concerts. One thing Manziel hasn't really been doing though, is talking.
Does he still want to play football? Does he plan on sticking to his vow of sobriety he made on July 1?
Although the quarterback has been filmed by TMZ several times over the past few months, he rarely says more than a few words, and he never really offers any answers that have any substance. When Manziel does want to say something, the information usually comes from his lawyer.
That changed on Friday though, when Manziel broke his silence by sending an 87-word statement to the Washington Post. On July 15, the Post published a lengthy feature on Manziel, and although he didn't agree to be interviewed for the piece, he did let his spokeswoman send in a statement to give everyone an update on his life.
"I'm actually doing well. I have good friends around me supporting what I do and I try to support them in what they want to do," Manziel said.
According to Manziel's friends, the quarterback has been sober since July 1, when he made the pledge to stop drinking. Manziel says the pledge won't last forever, but he is clean right now.
"I'm not saying I'm never drinking again, but for now just mostly being healthy," Manziel said. "I've got a killer gym in my house and I can spend time working out."
Manziel has been working out a lot lately. He's been working at his new house, and he's also been working out when he travels, which we know because he shared a video on Friday that showed him working out in Hawaii.
So does all of this workout time mean that Manziel's planning on making a return to the NFL?
"I'm interested in doing a lot of different things in my life -- including football -- but, right now, I'm just exploring options and waiting to see what the future holds," Manziel said.
For what might be the first time in his life, Manziel seems a little unsure about what the future might hold. If Manziel makes the decision to come back to football, it won't be easy. He'll have to find a team that's willing to take on his baggage and even if he find that, he'll still have to deal with his four-game suspension.
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