Have you seen the photo of what appears to be Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel floating on an inflatable swan drinking out of what appears to be a rather large bottle of champagne?
For Browns coach Mike Pettine, Manziel’s off-field work isn’t of any worry to him as long as he takes care of business on the field and in the Browns’ facility.
“I’m not concerned. I would become concerned if there was something criminal and I’d be concerned if it affected his job,” Pettine said Tuesday, according to Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com.
Pettine also indicated that Manziel isn’t exactly the first football player to have a good time away from his work.
“I think there’s a lot of our guys, when they leave here and if they were followed around, I think you’d get some similar pictures,” Pettine said, per ESPNCleveland.com, which noted that the Browns’ head coach added: “I don’t know about an inflatable swan … but I think you’d still get some pictures.”
If nothing else, Pettine appears to have a good sense of humor. And his tone appears consistent: Manziel’s job performance is what matters.
Pettine also hits on a good point: where Johnny Manziel goes, attention follows. Here’s a safe bet: this isn’t the last tweeted or Instagramed photo we’ll see of him, to say nothing of swans or pools or nightlife or anything else. There is great interest in the Johnny Football Experience.
Soon enough, we’ll start to get a sense of how he adapts to the NFL game. And the swan and the Vegas stories will be little faded memories of pro football’s late spring, when we’re all just grabbing onto anything buoyant to float toward when they put the pads on again.