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LeBron’s marketing agency drops Manziel

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Johnny Manziel has apparently partied his way out of business relationship with the marketing company owned by NBA star LeBron James.

Maverick Carter of LRMR — the ‘L’ is for LeBron — told Cleveland.com Wednesday that the agency has ended its “formal business relationship” with Manziel.

“I will continue to support and advise him as a friend,” Carter said. “However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”

Manziel was benched after being named the Browns’ starting quarterback in November for reportedly lying to then-coach Mike Pettine about his bye week activities. He missed last week’s season finale with a reported concussion and, as usual, there are a bunch of rumors about how he spent the rest of the week.

“Johnny will figure it out at some point, we all hope,” James told reporters Wednesday in Washington D.C., where the Cleveland Cavaliers play Wednesday night.

Manziel had a national TV commercial for Snickers during his rookie season. He also had endorsement deals with Nike, McDonald’s, Nissan and MusclePharm.

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64 Responses to “LeBron’s marketing agency drops Manziel”
  1. pantherdick says: Jan 6, 2016 6:37 PM

    Highly endorsed rookies always suck. Those were the problems. There are several HoFers who got trashed and partied all the time.

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 6, 2016 6:39 PM

    It’s for the best. Let this guy screw his head on straight and prove his place and the rest will take care of itself.

  3. broncodanny says: Jan 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    Johnny Benched again… World by the short hairs and is throwing it all away. It’s almost incomprehensible, really.

  4. kevo95 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    Good for the idiot ,he doesn’t deserve anything ,spoiled little punk

  5. ctiggs says: Jan 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    Johnny FIREDball

  6. karmathaitch says: Jan 6, 2016 6:45 PM

    Can’t believe that they waited this long

  7. weepingjebus says: Jan 6, 2016 6:46 PM

    Probably picked up a Four Loko endorsement, though.

  8. bondlake says: Jan 6, 2016 6:48 PM

    He’s a punk.

    A snot-nosed, selfish, lying, miserable specimen of a human being.

  9. drfeelyouup says: Jan 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    Good for him! If the Browns had any integrity they would do the same. Johnny doesn’t care about the team or his teammates.

  10. pfatalbert says: Jan 6, 2016 6:57 PM

    Bring back the XFL! He’d be perfect for it

  11. Pftsliberalagenda says: Jan 6, 2016 6:58 PM

    Kid did nothing illegal. The same posters on this site judging were obviously not nearly as successful as him at 22 years old so I don’t understand the hate. Jealousy is dangerous though

  12. mackcarrington says: Jan 6, 2016 7:04 PM

    He probably had to be woken up from a drunken stupor to be told. And then he probably didn’t care.

  13. charliecharger says: Jan 6, 2016 7:04 PM

    Johnny is a young kid. Those who drafted him were not young kids. So who’s the real dummy? I wouldn’t have touched Manziel, and I don’t get paid one cent to evaluate talent. Ditto 1,000,000 other guys.

  14. sdchicken says: Jan 6, 2016 7:05 PM

    Some guys just don’t get it.

    Johnny and perpetual “victim” Adrian ME-terson are just clueless

  15. askcabs says: Jan 6, 2016 7:07 PM

    I’m sure his father will blame someone else for not doing right by Johnny Football. Just like when he was in college….it was the coach’s fault!!!

  16. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 6, 2016 7:07 PM

    Abandoned by his marketing agency – that stings.

    Next time Johnny rubs his thumb and forefingers, it’ll be to light a fire…

  17. brawlkc says: Jan 6, 2016 7:09 PM

    As a fan of football, I kinda feel robbed that I probably will never see the pure talent this kid has to shine on the field.

    As a fan of human beings, its just really sad that he can’t control this thing and that the people around him don’t seem to be doing anything but enabling him and that just sucks man.

    Sure he acts like a punk, sure he has a smug looking face, but at the end of the day the cat’s a human being and he’s obviously suffering from a terrible illness. Get better, Jonathan.

  18. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:09 PM

    Lebron’s agency did however recently pick up a promising blonde-haired kid sporting a mustache and sunglasses.

  19. 6250claimer says: Jan 6, 2016 7:13 PM

    Johnny Benched. Not to be confused with the classy guy from the other side of Ohio who was a pretty damn good catcher in his day.

  20. fluiddarkness says: Jan 6, 2016 7:13 PM

    Good to hear LeBron is not an enabler! Thumbs up.

  21. jrob23 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:14 PM

    It’s pretty obvious that he is trying to force Cleveland to release him. Anyone would. It’s a joke of a franchise. His coaches didn’t want him and despite him outplaying his competition even in his first pre season they wouldn’t play him. Then they talk about him and treat him like a child. I’m seriously hoping he gets out of there and given a chance with a viable franchise. He would be a star in Dallas. Hopefully he tells Lebron and his agents to eat a bag of Ds when that happens.

  22. gojags says: Jan 6, 2016 7:16 PM

    Johny “Loser”. I have no respect for a guy who is disloyal to the team that paid him millions to find his way out to a team (Dallas) and using the system to his favor.

    The same guy text to be drafted, begging, texting on the draft day the Cleveland GMs to be drafted so that he cam make for money and once he got the money, he wants to go to a diff team. What a loser he is?

  23. eoyguy says: Jan 6, 2016 7:17 PM

    To paraphrase: “This turd cannot be polished”.

  24. bassplucker says: Jan 6, 2016 7:21 PM

    Awesome. His system of enablers is falling apart piece by piece. How much more will it take?

  25. bassplucker says: Jan 6, 2016 7:25 PM

    And to those saying he’s just a kid: men (and I do mean men) younger than him took the beach at Normandy. The youth card is played out.

  26. granadafan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:26 PM

    “However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”
    ================================

    Mutual? Yeah riiiiiiiight.

  27. pftbro says: Jan 6, 2016 7:31 PM

    If LeBron dumps you, it’s like, over. All the endorsements are done too…but maybe he will get royalties from Billy Vegas T-Shirts…

  28. bondlake says: Jan 6, 2016 7:35 PM

    Pftsliberalagenda says:
    Jan 6, 2016 6:58 PM

    Kid did nothing illegal. The same posters on this site judging were obviously not nearly as successful as him at 22 years old so I don’t understand the hate. Jealousy is dangerous though

    ———————————————————————Successful? Just what do you mean by successful?

    Tell you what: I live close to the Camp Pendelton, the largest Marine Corps base in the world. The 18 & 19 year old young men and women a year or two out of high school have something which Manziel will most likely never have: Integrity. Do they have Manziel’s money or fame? Of course not. Do I? Of course not. But you can trust them, they work their tails off and they’ll have your back.

    Are they “successful?” Of course, but in a way Johnny Football will never attain.

  29. annes22 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:36 PM

    Why would anyone be surprised?He needs help bigtime in rehab, and it’s obvious with his behaviour that he isn’t playing any NFL football until he gets his life in order. No management company would want to deal with him right now, he is out of control.

  30. razo1958 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:44 PM

    I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Say hello to “Ryan Leaf 2.0”

  31. corky2141 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:45 PM

    On LRMR home page, right below all the BronBron stuff, is a half screen size image of JFF & that is it. no other celebrities, players, or anything. Just LBJ & JFF

  32. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 6, 2016 7:46 PM

    You guys really don’t get it. Johnny Speedball isn’t doing the NFL thing for the money or for the love of football.
    He’s doing it strictly to be a celebrity. Period.
    There isn’t anything more to the story. He doesn’t need the money. And he couldn’t care less about football.
    It’s the status. That’s all he’s after.
    He’s a rich punk who is gaming the league.
    Turn the cameras off and he goes away.
    He’s the NFL Kardashian.

  33. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Jan 6, 2016 7:47 PM

    I would like to see if Paul Depodesta’s analytics rate johnny higher as a football player or baseball player, brunette or blonde, mustache or clean and smooth. So many questions for the new guy.

  34. dirtydawg44 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:02 PM

    I guess the free fall during the draft should’ve been the first clue. 20+ other teams had already seen thru his facade. Unfortunately for the Browns, some homeless guy was giving ill advice. Hope he gets his life ironed out!

  35. Xenu D. Alien says: Jan 6, 2016 8:03 PM

    Why? They’re missing a golden opportunity to sell official Billy Vegas wigs and fake mustaches.

  36. xdolfan says: Jan 6, 2016 8:07 PM

    This might actually give Johnny reason to pause and think about the repercussions of his self-destruction. Up till now, EVERYONE has enabled him, even Pettine. Pettine tried to act tough once, but eventually relented out of need. I’ve the feeling this is the beginning of the rats abandoning ship.

  37. the610limited says: Jan 6, 2016 8:12 PM

    After getting that ”concussion” on his way to Vegas, why is this guy still employed by the Browns? Why? What’s the hold up? Waiting for the new coach to do the dirty work?

  38. gibbskins9 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:13 PM

    Spoiled rich kid wanted for nothing better get his act together because life is to precious to be taken for granted

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:21 PM

    Translates to “get outta here you moron and don’t come back”

  40. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2016 8:29 PM

    Is it bad when somebody you hire fires you? If anyone gives this guy another job, they deserve their franchise to be cursed.

  41. chriskap11 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:43 PM

    Johnny is that clear enough for you to understand? No more money!!!

  42. rootpain says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 PM

    Good on them for that decision. He is an immature punk, the likes of which rarely grows up. He should not be trusted in any situation where others depend upon him. He is a failure in the midst of happening. Let it happen.

  43. steelchampions says: Jan 6, 2016 9:05 PM

    Listen….you can almost hear Jerry Jones salivating.

    I had him washing out after 3 yrs….2 down!

  44. goldenboyoffootball says: Jan 6, 2016 9:13 PM

    Just another reminder how corporations have their whole fist in the pie called sports. Never thought Johnny should have been selling me products. The only athletes I appreciated have been Jordan and Gretzky when it came to the selling of products.

  45. mavix27 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:49 PM

    Ryan Leaf 2.0

  46. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:08 PM

    Celebrity rehab here he comes!

  47. dadindebt6 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:10 PM

    dirtydawg44 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:02 PM
    I guess the free fall during the draft should’ve been the first clue. 20+ other teams had already seen thru his facade. Unfortunately for the Browns, some homeless guy was giving ill advice. Hope he gets his life ironed out!
    ————————————————
    Agreed! That homeless man obviously needs help!

  48. coltsfan199150 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:12 PM

    bond lake

    As a Marine. Thank you

  49. blackdonnelly says: Jan 6, 2016 10:29 PM

    To Mr Manziel:

    No soup for you!!

    Yes, it’s a lame & tired Seinfeld reference, but it applies.

  50. stexan says: Jan 6, 2016 10:38 PM

    If this doesn’t get his attention then they’ll need to use that old tried and true method that worked on the mule. 2X4 upside the head.

  51. calref1944 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:44 PM

    I hope “affluenza” is not an epidemic.

  52. vikingsnyc5 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:50 PM

    Please just go away Johnny!!! I wish he would become Johnny Plumber or Johnny Janitor and then maybe he would start to appreciate the career he is throwing away.

  53. jmd0722 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:57 PM

    Good choice by the agency, who wants to represent this type of person. Johnny football is a lost cause, next he should be dropped by the Browns.

  54. fmckenney says: Jan 6, 2016 10:58 PM

    Based on everything I have read….Johnny needs to fall back on the affluenza defense.

  55. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 6, 2016 11:34 PM

    Billy Football!

  56. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:35 PM

    Johnny had better get it together or this story is not going to end well. It’s an obvious cliche’ but he’s still young.

  57. qdog112 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:59 PM

    Dude is a novelty act and the novelty has worn off of his stuff.

    It’s not cute anymore.

  58. bpacha76 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:45 AM

    I know this kid seems like a spoiled entitled little prick. My issue is simple…. Very few guys walking around didn’t party when they were young. Most I knew partied their butts off and turned out fine. Unless something else is going on,like he’s not showing up to work, I don’t get all the problems with his partying.

  59. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 7, 2016 2:27 AM

    Johnny is rich enough to augur his life into the ground in style, but not so much to have enough after he hits rock-bottom. At his current rate, when Johnny’s 40 he’ll be broke, out of professional sports, out of fair-weather friends, and nobody will care.

    Going to be painful.

  60. jaxon51 says: Jan 7, 2016 4:18 AM

    Sad…this kid is spiraling out of control. Needs to lose his posse but I doubt they realize it or it will happen.
    How do you explain the photos of him with a rolled up dollar bill in a Vegas bathroom? You can’t justify that- ha was doing blow.SMH…….and to go to rehab for “alcohol and other substance abuse issues” and continue to make headlines for drinking…..SMH….he is done in Cleveland, can you say train wreck.

  61. jammer88 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:14 AM

    How could Cleveland or any NFL team for that matter make such a huge mistake in drafted this talentless bafoon? At best he’s a below average QB and he doesn’t have the toughness to play in this league.

  62. daysend564 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:13 AM

    When he joins the Cowboys, Lebron will want him back.

  63. fanofpft says: Jan 7, 2016 8:42 PM

    Billy Football!

    Billy ball is reborn. Jerrah has some blonde wigs waiting on his party bus.

  64. satchseven says: Jan 10, 2016 3:07 AM

    Tell you what: I live close to the Camp Pendelton, the largest Marine Corps base in the world. The 18 & 19 year old young men and women a year or two out of high school have something which Manziel will most likely never have: Integrity. Do they have Manziel’s money or fame? Of course not. Do I? Of course not. But you can trust them, they work their tails off and they’ll have your back.

    are you going to talk about the ones who get kicked out also? the military is full of fools also. I worked with 150 ex army in Iraq and that was the worst group of people I ever worked with in my life.

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