At this point, it seems highly unlikely that former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel bounces back from his highly-publicized issues and makes it back to the NFL. The former Texas A&M star and Cleveland Browns draftee has been spotted partying all-across the country this off-season, despite substance abuse issues so bad that his father admits that he may have to “bury him.” Manziel was also indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge in April after a domestic violence incident during which he allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her and himself.
Manziel says that he will begin his sobriety on July 1, but he is currently partying in Cabo, leaving many to understandably question his sincerity. While many are totally out on Manziel at this point, and rightfully so, he still has some support, including another former college star who saw his life spin out of control after leaving school: former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett. Clarett, now a public speaker, posted to Instagram explaining why he hopes Manziel can bounce back from his many issues.
I'm personally rooting for Him. I know what it's like to be dragged through the mud and to be confused and stressed through it all. It's mentally and emotionally draining. No one can tell you how to be famous or how to manage attention, notoriety and the spotlight. Drinking and drugging is often a temporary escape. This isn't just about him. It's lots of ppl who go through what he goes through but they don't have to live with the public ridicule. I've been through it. He's just expressing himself right now. I believe he just needs some alone time and personal development. Football isn't important. He's mentally unhealthy and needs more encouragement than ridicule….. Accept responsibility, find out what needs to be improved and grow.
If Manziel manages to get another shot at pro football and take advantage, it would be quite the redemption story. Based on the last sixth months, it is hard to envision.
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