Browns: We did not lie about Johnny Manziel concussion


The circumstances surrounding the concussion that kept quarterback Johnny Manziel from playing in the season finale surfaced again when Mike Silver reported on NFL Network that Manziel was drunk at practice on Wednesday during the final week of the season.

Silver, who is close to new Browns coach Hue Jackson, said on air the Browns “lied, to try to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man.” It’s not the first time that there’s been mention of Manziel showing up to work inebriated, although the Browns maintain that Manziel suffered a concussion and was still dealing with it more than a week after the season ended.

“Johnny Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion by an independent neurologist,” the team said in a statement, via Mary Kay Cabot of “He wasn’t cleared until Jan. 12. The fact that people are saying we lied about [Manziel’s] concussion is false.”

The NFL didn’t have a comment on the report and Cabot, who says she heard the same as Silver, pointed out their January 4th response to a possible inquiry about Manziel’s concussion was that it was “a team medical issue.” As of now, it doesn’t appear that the report making it to the network they own is causing them to change that opinion.

43 responses to “Browns: We did not lie about Johnny Manziel concussion

  1. The statement actually says Johmny came to the facility complaining of concussion symptoms, was tested by an independent neurologist and entered into the concussion protocol. I suspect that even if the neurologist thought he might just be drunk, the fact that he showed up saying he had concussion symptoms would be enough to put him (rightly) in the protocol until you could tell one way or the other.

  2. jrob23 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 2:33 PM

    Ha. Silver exposed again. He is the biggest hack in the NFL media machine. Hopefully he gets some flack for this.


    What else are the Browns going to say? It’s a he said she said right now.

  3. Off topic, but ESPN said Cam Newton was our generation’s greatest QB. I think they are smoking banana peels.

  4. Mike Silver is a talentless muckraker. King of the unnamed source and shoddy journalism. No idea why he feels entitled to his giant ego given his track record of being a complete loser.

  5. When the other thread on this hit I was concerned. Then, when I got to the point where it read Michael Silver reported it, I felt a lot better.

    If he’s Hue’s friend, Hue needs to step out and start hanging with some different dudes.

  6. Skip clueless begged and cried for Johnny foosball to be drafted #1. Shows how clueless he truly is

  7. It’s a classic tale of “rich kid handed every possible opportunity, singular talent, and unparalleled luck continues to screw up his life.” A real crowd pleaser.

    I’m sad real football is over

  8. The two are not mutually exclusive, in fact very much the opposite. I was an EMT on the graveyard shift working my way through college, DFO (drunk fell over) calls were probably our most common runs and a fairly high % of those involved head trauma.

  9. Actually, Tony Grossi, I believe, asked Pettine about Johnny being sent home from a practice (a Wed) for being drunk, Pettine said no, not true. Then a story/rumor appeared that it happened, but on the Tuesday, so Pettine didn’t lie.

  10. nicofthenorthstar says:
    Feb 9, 2016 3:33 PM

    Johnny’s concussion symptoms: short term memory loss (what happened last night?), slurred speech, unsteadiness on his feet.

    Just ignore the smell of booze.

    I believe that this is really the reality of what happened.

    Overlapping, subset symptoms. Easy to fudge the truth.

  11. nicofthenorthstar says:
    Feb 9, 2016 3:33 PM

    Johnny’s concussion symptoms: short term memory loss (what happened last night?), slurred speech, unsteadiness on his feet.

    Just ignore the smell of booze.

    Just ignore the overpowering smell of breath mints.

  12. So he had a concussion, and separate from that he was drunk or hungover noticeable. Why would that equate to the Browns lying related to the concussion?

  13. It appears that he was concussed on Sunday, drunk on Tuesday, hungover and/or drunk Wednesday morning. His team provided appropriate clarity as to the concussion protocol, had the Browns also notified the media that he had a bad hangover that would have been a first and no future free agent would ever consider playing for the Browns.

  14. Ok, so there is some question of doubt on this story, and the latest one involving his (ex?) girl friend(?) has some doubt too. And a few others. So let’s give Johnny Manziel the benefit of the doubt and say every one of those is false, he was completely innocent and unfairly blamed.

    Even after taking all that off the table there is still too much bs surrounding this guy for him to be worth the time and trouble for any team. Any.

  15. Best thing Baltimore could do was run Irsay out of town. And the best thing Modell did was move to Baltimore. Tell me NFL, why Baltimore took so long to get a team but Cleveland got one as soon as possible. Haslam is a buffoon. Poor Browns fans. Why isn’t Modell in the HOF?

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