clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Browns QB Johnny Manziel to enter treatment facility

New, comments

The volatile Browns quarterback is seeking to 'better himself' this offseason by entering a treatment facility.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has enrolled in a treatment facility in an effort to improve several areas of his life, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

"Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step," team spokesperson Brian Beckworth said.

The 22nd overall pick of the 2014 draft had a rocky season, as numerous off the field "distractions" coupled with poor play have led entire Browns organization to doubt the future of Manziel as a franchise quarterback.  Browns general manager Ray Farmer spoke highly of the young quarterback's intentions of entering treatment.

"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns," Farmer said.

Although the purpose of treatment is unclear, the downfall of teammate Josh Gordon to drug and alcohol abuse may have contributed to Manziel's desire to shape up.  Gordon could be hit with a year-long suspension after a third positive drug test in which alcohol showed up in his system, violating terms of his NFL sanctioned probationary period.  According to an ESPN report in January, Browns security personnel found Manziel "passed out," with one source saying he was "drunk off his ass" at his Cleveland home the morning of the Browns' Week 17 finale against the Baltimore Ravens.  Manziel was suspended for the game.

With the Browns quarterback position apparently wide open according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, Manziel is clearly opting to take steps in the right direction and better himself, indicating he's very much interested in getting his career back on the right track.