Browns respond to accusations they covered up Johnny Manziel’s drinking problem
BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns are accused of lying to cover up Johnny Manziel‘s problems with alcohol this season.
In an interview on NFL Network, reporter Mike Silver said Manziel showed up to a Wednesday practice drunk.
“The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me repeat that, the Browns lied to try to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man,” Silver said.
Manziel was set to play in Cleveland’s season finale against the Steelers, but was placed in the concussion protocol after the team said he complained of concussion-like symptoms. Austin Davis got the start.
ESPN Las Vegas reported Manziel was seen in Sin City that night before the game, wearing a wig and fake mustache. He reportedly introduced himself as “Billy” at a nightclub.
The Cleveland Browns had this to say about the allegations:
“Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30 and complained of concussion symptoms. He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league’s concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12 after being cleared by the independent neurologist.”
Silver responded in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon, saying he stands by his report that Manziel came to practice drunk.
Last week, a Texas judge granted a protective order for Manziel’s ex-girlfriend against the Browns quarterback. In an affidavit, Colleen Crowley said Manziel threw her into his car while she begged a valet driver for help. She also accused him of hitting her so hard that she lost hearing in her left ear.