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Report: Manziel seen in Vegas on Saturday despite concussion

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After Johnny Manziel’s Christmas activities spawned his latest viral video this week, Browns coach Mike Pettine said that there were “problems” that quarterback Johnny Manziel needs to address during the offseason.

Pettine and the Browns didn’t have to deal with the question of whether to discipline Manziel this week after he reported concussion symptoms. Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for the game, but he’s still going to be a topic of conversation for the team on Sunday after reports placed him in Las Vegas on Saturday.

USA Today reports that employees and patrons at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Vegas saw and interacted with Manziel on Saturday. Manziel posted a photo of himself and a dog on Instagram late on Saturday that was tagged with the location Avon, Ohio and a Browns spokesman had no comment to the paper about whether Manziel was in Cleveland.

There’s nothing salacious about an adult having a meal and playing cards, which is the extent of the report of Manziel’s activities in Vegas. There are better looks than going to Vegas the night before a game that you’re not playing in because of a brain injury, though, and that kind of decision-making is likely part of what Pettine feels Manziel needs to address before the 2016 season gets underway.

If there’s anything to deal with as a result of this report, it looks like neither Pettine nor General Manager Ray Farmer will be the one dealing with it.

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78 Responses to “Report: Manziel seen in Vegas on Saturday despite concussion”
  1. ketch20too says: Jan 3, 2016 8:17 AM

    May intentionally be trying to force the Brown’s hand in order to get out Cleveland. The other option is that he really is this incredibly devoid of any sense of judgement and personal responsibility.

  2. vikingdoode says: Jan 3, 2016 8:18 AM

    CFL Clueless Football Loser

  3. jayhawk6 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:19 AM

    Johnny Football may or may not have a concussion, but he is surely a headache for those in the hierarchy.

  4. westcoastredbird says: Jan 3, 2016 8:19 AM

    Looks more like a bad case of Affluenza than a concussion.

  5. bassplucker says: Jan 3, 2016 8:22 AM

    I thought if you were coming off a concussion that you weren’t suppised to fly? Cleveland to Vegas and back is a helluva road trip. Looks to me like Johnny Football knows that everyone he was supposedly accountable to is going away for good very soon so he’s just gonna keep doing his thing. Good luck Haslam finding ANY legit coach that will take this gig until and unless your hand picked punk QB is no longer part of the package.

  6. sellout1983 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:24 AM

    Cue the Bennie Hill music..

  7. bradygirl12 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:26 AM

    Well,he has a concussion,so maybe he thought he was actually in Ohio… and the dog was drinking alcohol,not him. In any case, a team would really have to be crazy to sign him if the Browns cut him.
    “Johnny,it’s Jerry Jones on line one.”

  8. bigbens69taintedlove says: Jan 3, 2016 8:31 AM

    He doesn’t care. He’s paid. He owes nobody anything. Cleveland is a decaying piece of garbage.

  9. packafan4life says: Jan 3, 2016 8:32 AM

    Johnny was born concussed.

  10. jerruhjones says: Jan 3, 2016 8:41 AM

    He wants out of Cleveland, and at this point, who can blame him.

    -Browns fan (sadly)

  11. p31squared says: Jan 3, 2016 8:45 AM

    He just doesn’t get it.

  12. dandeman19 says: Jan 3, 2016 8:46 AM

    He will never get it a talent wasted

  13. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jan 3, 2016 8:49 AM

    Oh yeah shouldn’t have been doing that thing he’s allowed to do.

    Should have been cramming for that game he’s not allowed to play in.

    Treat him like everyone else and you might just have yourself a football player. Dude is criticized for everything.

  14. oldhuskerfan says: Jan 3, 2016 9:00 AM

    Manziel’s brain injury came long before his “concussion”. Sad to see someone with that much talent self-destruct.

  15. joemktg says: Jan 3, 2016 9:01 AM

    I’m waiting for him to open up Bachelors IV.

  16. dzimas61 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:03 AM

    So Manziel needs a hall pass now to go anywhere. It’s not like Cleveland knows what to do with him anyway, playing this childish game for two years now. They might as well let him go so that he has half a chance to build a football career with another team that isn’t going to lord over him like a toddler.

  17. ketelwon says: Jan 3, 2016 9:04 AM

    Johnny Numbnuts should just retire and go ahead and begin his career as a club promoter. It’s his true destiny.

  18. patriots123456 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:10 AM

    Imagine what this fool does to a locker room.

    He is the biggest present problem on the team, worse than the coach or GM.

    He needs to go ASAP. Trade him, cut him, whatever, but get rid of him.

    Loyal Brown’s fans deserve a QB that puts his team FIRST. This isn’t your guy.

  19. volleyballnstuff says: Jan 3, 2016 9:10 AM

    Johnny is his own worst enemy. ‘Nuff said

  20. denverdude7 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:10 AM

    Although there is nothing wrong about going to Las Vegas and playing cards, posting a picture with your dog and tagging it as if it was taken at home should certainly be a cause for concern.

    It should be obvious to the Browns that this is an attempt by Manziel to “Bad Boy” his way out of Cleveland.

  21. gorilladunk says: Jan 3, 2016 9:11 AM

    I always thought that loud noise and flashing, bright lights made concussion symptoms much worse. I actually think Johnny Goofball wants to get released. I’m sure he has, again, boosted his stock among his teammates.

  22. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 3, 2016 9:11 AM

    Manziel is an imbecile. End of story.

  23. mazenblue says: Jan 3, 2016 9:11 AM

    Just Doesnt Get It. Millions of dollars at stack for this young man. His rich parents should have taught him better about money you would have thought. Assuming they did, this guy needs rehab and his actions like this are on par for an abuser. Good Money Manziel or whatever childish baar nickname you want. Good effin luck dude

  24. Florio Believer says: Jan 3, 2016 9:15 AM

    Does Johnny think there’s another Organization that will be better for him and put up with his hijinx?

  25. dogfromduckhunt says: Jan 3, 2016 9:17 AM

    Gronk — Lovable frat boy

    Manziel — Has issues

    Double standard much?

  26. bender4700 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:25 AM

    Cut his butt and sue him for any signing bonus.

    He clearly doesn’t care about his football career as much as his fame and money.

  27. brucetrimble says: Jan 3, 2016 9:30 AM

    It’s possible Johnny doesn’t get it (expectations of his employer), doesn’t care (about public perceptions), or both. Even with a new coach or team, I’m not sure there are modern day versions of Parcells, Gibbs, or Walsh who could get through to Johnny. And Johnny clearly lacks the maturity to recognize the errors of his ways.

  28. tsuscrumhalf says: Jan 3, 2016 9:37 AM

    Pathological liar !

  29. commissj92 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:38 AM

    I am sure that the brain injury is what led to the decision making to go to Vegas

  30. nightryder10 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:39 AM

    Come to Jerrah!

  31. frenzy95 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:39 AM

    Hope you bought a one way ticket.

  32. fsubulldog says: Jan 3, 2016 9:39 AM

    Whoever the Browns new GM will be, his first move will be to get rid of Johnny CFL. This clown doesn’t get it & never will. And I’m sure we’ll have plenty of comments on here about how “other players party” or “Johnny was already ruled out for this weekend’s game, so what’s the big deal?”…
    The problem is that Johnny has no interest in learning all he can, being there for the other guys on his team, or a drive to be great. Johnny’s drive is to blow all his money on…well, blow & booze & boobs…

  33. rootpain says: Jan 3, 2016 9:41 AM

    Get rid of Manziel. He has chosen his career and it’s not football.

  34. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 3, 2016 9:43 AM

    I’m not a doctor but I would think the air pressure from flying is not good for brain injury and highly discouraged.

  35. rocketdogsports says: Jan 3, 2016 9:43 AM

    He wants out of Cleveland and is doing everything he can to make that happen.

  36. nyneal says: Jan 3, 2016 9:45 AM

    Is anyone surprised to hear this? Johnny Busto is a coach killer and he’ll never change.
    If the Browns are smart, they’ll send their GM, HC, and Manziel all packing.
    They need to bring in a real football guy as their GM and start completely over.

  37. blowfishes says: Jan 3, 2016 9:47 AM

    To have a concussion doesn’t mean that you’re stuck at home lying in the fetal position and in a vegetative state.

    I don’t like Manziel one bit as an NFL QB, and yet even I see this as a non story!

  38. istateyourname says: Jan 3, 2016 9:49 AM

    What, concussions can’t get better in Las Vegas?

  39. wnstonchill says: Jan 3, 2016 9:52 AM

    Johnny Rotten……. Have some balls & release the imbecile!!

  40. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 3, 2016 9:52 AM

    Big deal. The coach quit on him before the season even started, I for one love seeing him quit on this same coach.

    Put a coach in there with an ounce of professionalism and Manziel will flourish.

  41. THX 138 says: Jan 3, 2016 9:56 AM

    Newsflash! it has been reported by unnamed sources that Johnny likes to drink soda.

  42. wnadler says: Jan 3, 2016 9:57 AM

    They will draft a QB in this draft. Goff, Cook, or Lynch either would be an instant upgrade.

  43. clbrwns says: Jan 3, 2016 9:59 AM

    I’m so tired of reading about this idiot. I’m a Browns fan and want to must move on from the hourly Johnny watch. Just cut him, what difference does it make.

  44. kwjsb says: Jan 3, 2016 10:02 AM

    I’m sorry ….
    What’s the big deal?
    He won’t be playing Sunday…..
    And there is no treatment for a cuncussion except not getting hit

  45. kevin777w says: Jan 3, 2016 10:06 AM

    If this is true, it clearly shows that Manziel doesn’t “Get It”. To try and cover up by posting an Instagram picture is ridiculous. To abandon your team and not be with them to finish the season and yet think that you will be the leader of that team next season is mindboggling. If Johnny cannot wait a week to go to Las Vegas and begin his offseason he clearly has his priorities out of order. Poor Browns fans.

  46. dawiz2008 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:08 AM

    Its clear he more than checked out on browns. He obviously wants out. Sucks because guys drafted him knowing he’s spoiled and he will demolish team from inside out. Adios head coach and gm

  47. dtroxallday says: Jan 3, 2016 10:12 AM

    So much for “Big John Football” – trademark pending

  48. dawiz2008 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:14 AM


    Its not that he needs hallpass to have fun. Nfl is only 16 weeks. Why not do it after season? He’s clearly not putting 5eam as the number one priority and you can have fun johnny but remember guys will lose their jobs because of him. and for god sakes he was in rehab if i can recall.

  49. glmore says: Jan 3, 2016 10:14 AM

    dogfromduckhunt says:
    Jan 3, 2016 9:17 AM
    Gronk — Lovable frat boy

    Manziel — Has issues

    Double standard much?


    No double standard. Gronk is not the leader of the team. The QB is the leader. Gronk is a receiver, they are different.
    If Brady, Palmer, or Newton acted that way, then you’d have an arguement.

  50. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 3, 2016 10:15 AM

    He’s trying to get cut. Not being very subtle about it either lol.

  51. waldogrey says: Jan 3, 2016 10:16 AM

    So, is Manziel such a tool that he doesn’t have a group of friends to hang with without having to fly to Vegas to party? With his money, he should have no shortage of people to party with privately and not always have to be “caught” in public. Yet, he is always in public, which suggests no one that actually knows him wants to hang with him, so he has to go to public places so random people can flock to him and feed his ego.

  52. bosco264 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:20 AM

    No one cares, old news

  53. longdrive2011 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:20 AM

    I miss the days when Joe Namath could party all week, and Kenny Stabler could smoke before the game and it was just guys being guys. Now they would have face the onslaught of a bunch of metrosexual and dorks living in mom’s basement, criticizing them online.

  54. jag1959 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:28 AM

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate. Some men just can’t be reached”

  55. chriskap11 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:30 AM

    From a person who has alcoholics in his family, Johnny is an addict will never survive the temptations found with fame and wealth. Unfortunately one contact and he will be broke and out of a job. It is sad to watch when he needs major help NOW

  56. goldiehawn9 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:30 AM

    I do not believe Johnny was in Ls Vegas. I hope Johnny’s sue’s USA Today over this article.

  57. smithdp says: Jan 3, 2016 10:36 AM

    Maybe Johnny should watch Bull Durham sometime. “If you win 20 games in the show, you can have fungus on your shoes and people will think your colorful. Until you win 20 games in the show, it just means you’re a slob”.

  58. willycents says: Jan 3, 2016 10:39 AM

    Hmmm let me think back in recent history. Can anyone remember if Brady, Mannings, Rodgers, Brees, Luck, Newton, any of the “elite” and possibly HOF qbs were out partying like Manziel? The only one I can remember is Rothlesburger in bars, etc, much.
    Self discipline is a major factor in being successful at ANY occupation. Lack of that is a sure fire way to fail miserably. Success in your chosen occupation comes from primarily damn hard work and self sacrifice.
    How many on this blog would put in 16 hour days, 24/7, busting their ass to improve, if they were offered the opportunity to be one of 32 starting qbs in the NFL?

    Other than an entitled few in Mom’s basement, I suspect all of us would.

  59. tonebones says: Jan 3, 2016 10:43 AM

    This could just be a false rumor, but if it’s true, then Johnny is saying he wants out of Cleveland. That’s a sign that his head injury is cured.

  60. skiski7 says: Jan 3, 2016 10:44 AM

    Just another member of the yolo, look at me, I’ve arrived, social media, immature, the world owes me, entitled, you just hating, pound sign# generation. Who was told everyday of his life you can do anything you want but didn’t tell him you have to work for it.

  61. melikefootball says: Jan 3, 2016 10:58 AM

    Manziel is an insult to the NFL and it ways, another example that rookies should not get the big bucks when they sign, they have taken not one snap and this is the type guy that ruins it all for the class of the NFL.

  62. mmack66 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:02 AM

    You people actually believe that he has a concussion?

    And they say that Manziel doesn’t get it.

  63. ibdray says: Jan 3, 2016 11:11 AM

    “I miss the days when Joe Namath could party all week, and Kenny Stabler could smoke before the game and it was just guys being guys. Now they would have face the onslaught of a bunch of metrosexual and dorks living in mom’s basement, criticizing them online.”

    The difference is that Namath and Stabler took care of their business, had the support of their teams and were leaders. Johnny is a spoiled little boy looking for attention.

  64. intrafinesse says: Jan 3, 2016 11:35 AM

    Gronk is a HOF player who studies and works hard. After the season he parties, and he’s earned it.

    Manziel isn’t that. He sets a bad example as the team leader.

    Gronk — Lovable frat boy

    Manziel — Has issues

    Double standard much?

  65. chriskap11 says: Jan 3, 2016 11:36 AM

    From a person who has alcoholics in his family, Johnny is an addict will never survive the temptations found with fame and wealth

    Unfortunately one contract and he will be broke and out of a job.

    It is sad to watch when he needs major help NOW

  66. Brown Anchor says: Jan 3, 2016 11:38 AM


  67. stexan says: Jan 3, 2016 12:17 PM

    Plans for the weekend:

    A. Play football against the Steelers who badly need a win and will be looking to rip my head off on every play.


    B. Call in sick and party in Vegas.

    “Yo, coach, my head hurts”

  68. conormacleod says: Jan 3, 2016 12:20 PM

    6 people on here actually defending JM. If 95% or more of the people disagree with you, you’re the problem.

    But hey, if JM had lead his team to the playoffs, but wanted to travel on the bye week, no problem. He’s done nothing in the NFL. He’s an “all pro” of the rehab clinic.

  69. jakethesnake57 says: Jan 3, 2016 12:46 PM

    Football in the technological age puts everyone under a microscope. If Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler were coming out of college today they wouldn’t have a chance!

  70. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 3, 2016 12:52 PM

    Broadway Joe Namath #2……..without the talent…
    He will be out of the NFL in 2 years.

  71. varangia says: Jan 3, 2016 1:19 PM

    Mommy State conspiracy to run the guy out of the League. You’re okay to carry on normal activities within a day or 2 of a concussion, you just wait to play football. His critics are such ninnies.

  72. rogerrodgers says: Jan 3, 2016 2:49 PM

    The concussion was staged…he ran into his own apartment’s wall. The guy just didn’t want to play this weekend.

  73. bodyman1 says: Jan 3, 2016 3:21 PM

    When are they going to get past the “needs to address” stage to just canning his butt.

  74. grandpabw says: Jan 3, 2016 6:03 PM

    And who is to really say that he wasn’t really in Ohio on Saturday night? Did any of the folks in Las Vegas post a picture of him?

  75. doggeatdogg says: Jan 3, 2016 6:29 PM

    He will most likely get cut and picked up by another team only to be cut again because he does not learn lessons. He really hasn’t amassed a significant wealth from his contracts, is a big spender, and in time, will squander the family wealth when football is over because he lacks boundaries. At least dude doesn’t have a bunch of baby mamas chasing after him.

  76. millikensteeler says: Jan 3, 2016 8:31 PM

    Jimmy the rebate misunderstood the phone call.

    Johhny Meathead said “Lets wreck this team” and of course the lead Stooge aka Jimmy the rebate agreed.

  77. quicktaker says: Jan 3, 2016 10:04 PM

    Manziel should look into hosting parties in Vegas in 2016. A new career where getting blitzed and acting like a fool is encouraged.

  78. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 4, 2016 3:19 PM

    Should of cut Johnny and kept Pettine.. WTH

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