CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has entered treatment.
A press release from the Cleveland Browns states Brad Beckworth, a friend and adviser to Manziel and his family, said Manziel entered treatment on Wednesday.
“Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the off-season. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland,” according to the statement.
Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer released the following statement regarding the situation:
“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. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”
Manziel just ended his first season with the Browns. He’s spent a lot of time in the spotlight during his career in Cleveland, most recently after he was seen being heckled at a bar in Houston.
In December, Manziel issued an apology for being late for a medical treatment, and he vowed to change his behavior or risk being “exposed.”
Before that, he made the news after his entourage reportedly was involved in a brawl with a Sandusky man. And last fall, he was fined for making an obscene gesture during a preseason game, and his social activities are frequently the talk of social media.