On the field, Johnny Manziel is doing everything he can to be a good rookie.
Off the field, he’s not going to apologize for being Johnny Football.
The Browns rookie quarterback reacted with a shrug to the flap over his Vegas trip last weekend, saying he’s grown accustomed to the attention.
“I’m very surprised actually it’s actually a story,” Manziel said, via Jim Corbett of USA Today. “I’ve been in here every day working extremely hard trying to earn my place and do what I need to do. . . . For me to get a free weekend, and get to spend some time with friends and family of mine, and just have fun and relax and get away from the grind a little bit and then come back and do what I’m supposed to do. — I don’t really feel that’s a story.”
Manziel admitted he knew what was coming, saying: “I’m used to it by now. Fair or unfair, that’s my life.
“I don’t live my life according to you guys. I’m going to continue to live my life to the fullest, and I’m trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches with this organization. If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn’t hinder what my main goals in life are, then I really don’t care what anybody has to say.”
Until it becomes a legal issue or a detriment on the field, it shouldn’t be a big deal. The star quality is part of the package the Browns drafted, likely as important to them as the on-field element.
Showing up in Vegas with Rob Gronkowski was simply inevitable.