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Report: Browns fine Manziel, other rookies for being late to meeting


Browns rookie Johnny Manziel reportedly got off to a bad start this week when he was late to work.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Manziel and some other rookies on the team were disciplined because they didn’t show up on time to a meeting on Monday morning.

“He and a few other rookies misread the schedule and they were, I think, fined for being a couple minutes late on Monday morning,” Mortensen said on Monday Night Countdown.

Mortensen added, however, that the Browns have generally been pleased with the work Manziel has done, including showing up to the team’s facility voluntarily on Sunday when the players weren’t required to be there following the Saturday night preseason opener. And Mortensen said Manziel’s tardiness was not a factor in the Browns’ decision to start Brian Hoyer for this week’s second preseason game.

Manziel may need to have a big game against Washington on Monday night if he’s going to unseat Hoyer. The Browns are expected to choose their Week One starter by the third game of the preseason.

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86 Responses to “Report: Browns fine Manziel, other rookies for being late to meeting”
  1. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    I’m sure JFF was just studying his playbook all weekend, and was sooooo tired from it all.

  2. thefatlazygamer says: Aug 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    So he’s always quote unquote “the first one in, last to leave” but yet he’s late.

  3. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:30 PM

    Why should he show for work on time? Partying all off season and being lackluster at practice and in the first preseason game has netted him moving up the depth chart. He’s now sharing first team reps for doing NOTHING good. Those Browns really know how to grow those QBs!

  4. thegregwitul says: Aug 14, 2014 7:30 PM

    Rex is our QB.

  5. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:31 PM

    I see the pattern. Screw up move up. So if he misses a whole day does he get the starting QB job handed to him?

  6. ghjjf says: Aug 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    “Misread the schedule” really means “was out getting drunk and high and woke up late hungover.”

  7. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    This is all a facade. He will win more rings than Brady and Montana combined.

  8. raideralex99 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    The Browns may or may not have found a star in Johnny Football BUT the media is doing their best to put him down.
    If Johnny was African American no media would dare say one negative thing about him … they would be too afraid of the backlash.

  9. pfu2 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    If the NFL suspends Josh Gordon for the year, the Browns should get revenge by never letting Manziel interview or see the field this year. Bring him along slowly & let him play next year when Josh is back!

  10. skoobyfl says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    LT is the only person who was allowed to miss meetings, they were afraid when he was there.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    Way to be a leader, buddy.

  12. kd75 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    Tom Coughlin’s face just turned pink with rage…

  13. britishraven says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    “Come back Brandon, all is forgiven”

  14. mikeyhigs says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    How do a few of them mis-read the schedule and yet be only a couple of minutes late? “8:00? I’m sorry coach, we all thought it said 8:04.” Sounds like the Browns are already making excuses for him

  15. jdog5428 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    He was only late because he was out partying…give the kid a break. Besides, it’s not like Cleveland is going to contend for a Super Bowl.

  16. Ferdinand says: Aug 14, 2014 7:36 PM

    If it really was just a couple of minutes like they claim – they would have just chewed him out in front of his teammates.

  17. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    If you’re not 10 minutes early, you’re late! Yeah, misread the schedule….just like he misread the pass coverages last weekend.

  18. seatownballers says: Aug 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    Lights out by 9. I mean it

  19. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    But, he can throw a 7 yard out route on the money! ESPN said he was already an MVP candidate!

  20. noburghfan says: Aug 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    JM is a joke , just laugh , no explanation needed !

  21. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    Are the Browns the new poster child for PFT and NBC now?

  22. nupe3 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:42 PM

    I will take Sammy and the draft pick we gave you guys any day over Johnny Coke Head. Keeping up with your future QB’s antics has been fun on TMZ. Sammy’s been a pro, getting in early, working hard and being more than we ever expected

  23. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:47 PM

    I wonder if Justin Gilbert, the REAL Browns first round draft pick was late. How many of 1st round picks were late this year? Right now, as I see it, JFF is in the same league as Josh Freeman and Ryan Leaf. He’ll have to improve to be Tebow, and really tear to up to equate to Brandon Weeden. Good show JFF!

  24. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 14, 2014 7:49 PM

    Wow – way to lead Johnny.

    Way to lead.

  25. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 14, 2014 7:49 PM

    yep surprise surprise

  26. ufanforreal says: Aug 14, 2014 7:50 PM

    vancouversportsbro says: Aug 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    This is all a facade. He will win more rings than Brady and Montana combined.


  27. frazzah says: Aug 14, 2014 7:51 PM

    Betcha Johnny can not wait to get the heck off this team. He will prove himself first and then leave.

  28. bucsorbust says: Aug 14, 2014 7:52 PM

    Coach P: “Dang it JFF, you’re late. You know what that means. Big fine. What were you doing this weekend anyway?”

    JFF: “Coach, I was just working on tightening my spiral and I lost track of time.”

    Coach P: We’ll, show me”.

    JFF P: “I can’t. I don’t have my wallet. Got a 50 I can borrow?”

  29. lanman11 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:52 PM

    Rollin’ dolla bills in the boys room no doubt!

  30. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:53 PM

    I would rather have Tebow than Manziel.

    I would take heart and a great attitude over these Manziel bust types…..what a waste!

  31. jrdennis says: Aug 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    This guys got P.O.S. written all over him. He’s the poor mans Ryan Leaf.

  32. sirdezal216 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    Leave my boi johnny alone lol..Johnny be bad…Johnny be good!

  33. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    He showed up a few minutes late for a meeting, big deal. He should be praised for coming in on Sundays after game day.

  34. mackcarrington says: Aug 14, 2014 7:56 PM

    So now it begins.

  35. blueballzny says: Aug 14, 2014 7:59 PM

    All you people saying that Manziel is not a leader because he was late one time are pathetic. If the world passed judgement on you and basically called you worthless because you were late to work one day, would you think it true? But I’m sure you’ve never, ever been late to work right? And for the record I hate Manziel. You people bitch about athletes getting treated differently then everyone else, but then do the same thing.

  36. pftisawful says: Aug 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    he had selfie thumb, was too busy bandaging that

  37. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:01 PM

    What a bust.

  38. TheWizard says: Aug 14, 2014 8:07 PM

    If you’re the Browns and this happens – do you let it out to the media?

  39. jinx21fan says: Aug 14, 2014 8:17 PM

    This kid sure gets a lot of ink for not even attempting a regular season pass yet. I can see him getting wall-to-wall coverage in Cleveland. But, quite frankly, until he plays my team I could care less about him.

    I honestly think the media does this on purpose because it’s a no-lose situation for them. If he sucks, they beat the “bust” drum. If he is good, we get the fluff Brady pieces.

    For the Browns fans, I hope he is as good as even half the hype. You guys deserve it.

  40. dmarado says: Aug 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    Please Johnny don’t break the Internet!

  41. superbowl48champs says: Aug 14, 2014 8:25 PM

    The veterans on this team have got to be sick of this. They should take Johnny behind closed doors for a little “chat”!

  42. fleaman1381 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    If every player on the Browns EXCEPT Manziel was late it wouldn’t even be considered “news”…

  43. dave90sbaby95 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:28 PM

    Lmaoo I bet you hoyer was happy to hear this

  44. rcali says: Aug 14, 2014 8:32 PM

    He can’t hear you, he’s STILL got too much F’N money in his hand.

  45. pfu2 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    I will take Sammy and the draft pick we gave you guys any day over Johnny Coke Head. Keeping up with your future QB’s antics has been fun on TMZ. Sammy’s been a pro, getting in early, working hard and being more than we ever expected

    ————————————————————-Too bad the Browns used the Bills pick on Gilbert + your pick next year. Manziel came from the Trent Richardson trade. By the way Gilbert has looked quite impressive!

  46. breesusmvp says: Aug 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    Just remember Johnny, TFND!

    Never forget the haters that just want to hate, just bring the game.

    When you are starting, they will be the ones eating dirt, god knows they live in it.

    Go Johnny!

  47. hornets26 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:35 PM

    All these conservative old men love to hate on Johnny, last time I checked Hoyer played 2 full games for the browns and threw 3 picks in one of them. We haven’t had a good qb in years then one guy looks average and he’s the savior.

  48. kd75 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    Johnny Manziel paid the fine in rolled up $100 bills…

  49. jchipwood says: Aug 14, 2014 8:43 PM

    If he played for the patriots he would had been stuck on camera duty.

  50. holdsteady76 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:45 PM

    I hope this clown starts day 1. Exposed.

  51. bert1913 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:49 PM

    if manziel can’t read a schedule, how in the world is he gonna read a defence?

  52. nupe3 says: Aug 14, 2014 8:53 PM

    Hey Buddy if your mad because your QB keeps getting caught doing things a leader should not do its okay it has nothing to do with his skin color he seeks out the attention and the media gives it to him. You don’t see Breezy, Manning, Rogers or any other QB deal with this. Johnny could be purple and they would cover him the same way. This is a football site man, take it to Breitbart or The daily caller site no one wants that garbage here

  53. igotgamenj says: Aug 14, 2014 9:05 PM

    And so it begins !

  54. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Aug 14, 2014 9:15 PM

    This kid is a punk. Plain and simple. He will not start 8 games, total, for his career.

  55. brokebackbrees says: Aug 14, 2014 9:17 PM

    Funny how the other rookies names weren’t mentioned. If their top pick Gilbert was one of them? Would the cyber clowns start hating on him as well? Manziel fascinates most of you so called “football fans” go watch some tape of your own teams instead of trolling Manziel. Just because he is a millionaire/gets hotter women than any of us will ever get, is no reason to hate on him. Jealous will get ya nowhere in life

    Not a Browns fan.

  56. snowpea84 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:32 PM

    He may be working very hard. But relative to how hard the top QB’s work, he’s not.
    I’m sure there are plenty of guys who work very hard and tell themselves they’re doing as much as they can. Then there is Ray Lewis. Then there is Manning.

  57. maxtng says: Aug 14, 2014 9:37 PM

    It is like this guy is trying to give the middle finger to the fanbase of the Browns.

  58. nite2al says: Aug 14, 2014 9:47 PM

    I guess they all missed the “rookie schedule reading” class too.

  59. sikwiddit says: Aug 14, 2014 9:51 PM

    Can’t read a schedule? …don’t they have schedules in college?

  60. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 14, 2014 9:58 PM

    Browns only leaked this info to justify their idiotic decision. Most dysfunctional franchise in all of professional sports.

    This has 14 loss season written all over it

  61. kosar19xx says: Aug 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    Johnny is an idiot.
    The people that have NEVER been late for work
    (All three of us)

  62. dukeblue12 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:07 PM

    People are really lusting for this cat to fail..

  63. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    Mr. Football needs to upgrade his money phone to one with an alarm. Johnny will grow up and be a big boy one day hopefully, then he will have no problem being a Pro Bowl quality QB. Apparently, he’s content being average, half assen his way through his rookie season. Too cool for school.

  64. msadpoet says: Aug 14, 2014 10:18 PM

    I am sorry for the fans of the Browns. You guys deserve way more than this guy to be the future of your franchise. This guy will go down on the gag reels of big mistakes. The hubris of youth without the willingness to master the craft will destine him to fail at the NFL level.

  65. micknangold says: Aug 14, 2014 10:43 PM

    So many pathetic haters.

  66. bcajun says: Aug 14, 2014 11:05 PM

    Whomever player it is you have to instill ACCOUNTABILIY!!…even some kids theses days could use it as well

  67. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 14, 2014 11:37 PM

    “Hey Coach, just calling to say we’re going to be late.”.


  68. campcouch says: Aug 14, 2014 11:59 PM

    Bet no one else on Earth has been late. You guys make my day with these comments 😀

  69. codythao35 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:10 AM

    Let the Manziel circus begin.
    Bridgewater=desire to learn/get better vs
    Manziel partying/sleeping/late to work. Not a good sign for rookie. Cut him. LOL!!!

  70. codythao35 says: Aug 15, 2014 12:12 AM

    show me the money guy!!!

  71. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 15, 2014 1:47 AM

    Oh no! JF was late for a meeting? Two minutes? Does this mean the Browns are done for the year?

  72. dumbpollack says: Aug 15, 2014 7:02 AM

    As a 40 year Browns fan (gosh, that SUCKS!). I’m officially over all this. At first it was cool to get a little national love but I’m tired of Johnny and Brian talk. Truth be told I don’t think either can win big in the NFL.

  73. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Aug 15, 2014 7:29 AM

    Trust fund brat doing what ever he pleases.

  74. greymares says: Aug 15, 2014 7:49 AM

    Employed for 53 years and was NEVER late, just saying.

  75. warhawk137 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:55 AM

    Multiple rookies?

    Anyone else suspecting a practical joke by a vet here?

  76. edon8334 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:06 AM

    Johnny Manziel haters – “Waaaahhhhhh I hate Johnny Manziel because the media covers him all day and he’s all i hear about waaaahhhh…oh look he was a “few minutes late” for a meeting.. let’s bash him!!”

  77. usedjock says: Aug 15, 2014 8:13 AM

    It is a big deal. He is trying to win over his team mates and get the starting job. I would bet good money that the vets on this team notice what he is doing and if he is late and they would say something about it. Being a leader is about showing up on Sunday when he didn’t have to you are right. But being a leader (which a QB is) is also about being on time because it isn’t all about Johnny Fratboy it is about building a TEAM.

  78. tiga18 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:23 AM

    Some people on here speak when they have no idea what there talking about. I don’t really like the kid but If you know anything about football unlike majority of the career jv players on here, he played a hell of a game the others night 7-11 and could have easily been 9-11 with 2 badly dropped balls .. And made plays with his feet.. If I was choosing off one game I’d go with the guy who did more with a lot less

  79. brianstevens0915 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:31 AM

    Out with the Beebs the night before big playa?

  80. mogogo1 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:39 AM

    Trying to figure out how anybody can misread a schedule and be a “couple minutes” late for a meeting in a team facility where the majority of other players are attending the same meeting. Seems like misreading a schedule would result in you being WAY late.

  81. nowillrepeat says: Aug 15, 2014 11:00 AM

    Turn down for what?!?!

  82. runwright44 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:08 AM

    Manziel was late for a meeting? Sure sign the apocalypse is near.

  83. florsht says: Aug 15, 2014 11:14 AM

    Johnny Footloose.

  84. td40 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:26 PM

    For Johnny, it’s all about Johnny.

  85. jrsedona says: Aug 15, 2014 3:34 PM

    Wow, so much hate.

  86. gborange says: Aug 15, 2014 9:24 PM

    Brady gets bashed because he’s great, Manning gets bashed because he’s great, and Manziel gets bashed because you know he’s gonna be great!

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