Johnny Manziel's dad fears QB "won't live to see" 24
12:14 PM, Feb 5, 2016
Once upon a time, Johnny Manziel was the toast of college football. He was affectionately known as "Johnny Football," and turned himself into a first-round draft pick with the Cleveland Browns. He was on top of the world.
After just two years in the NFL, those closest to Manziel just hope he gets the help he needs.
In the most glaring of statements, Manziel's father, Paul, told the Dallas Morning News, “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”
The report went on to say that they tried to enter Manziel into two separate rehab locations, but he declined to enter either of the programs.
On Thursday, Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police in Texas that he allegedly "struck her several times" last Saturday, both in a hotel where they were staying and in a vehicle on the way to her apartment. Some time after their arrival, the police report said Colleen Crowley ran to a neighbor's house, while Manziel "fled on foot," although no charges had been filed against Manziel.
The Browns appeared to have given up on Manziel, too.
In NFL-speak, "addressed when permitted by league rules" is a painfully obvious way to state that Manziel will be released by the team, but they are not permitted to do so until after the Super Bowl is over.