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Browns: We did not lie about Johnny Manziel concussion

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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 Cleveland.com. “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.

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43 Responses to “Browns: We did not lie about Johnny Manziel concussion”
  1. brianstevens0915 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:33 PM

    Please stop talking about Ryan Leaf….. I mean Johnny Manziel.

  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.

  3. celticsforever says: Feb 9, 2016 2:35 PM

    Greg Hardy & Johnny Football will make a great tandem in Dallas. Can you even imagine?

  4. redrew says: Feb 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    Goodell will only comment after all evidence gets restructured to his liking

  5. hahalolrofl says: Feb 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    Johnny got drunk, fell over, hit his head and Browns went though the concussion protocol. Pretty straight forward.

  6. geefan1 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    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.

  7. nhpats says: Feb 9, 2016 2:41 PM

    Better get Ted Wells on this quick….

  8. stoutfiles says: Feb 9, 2016 2:41 PM

    It’s possible he was drunk AND had a concussion.

  9. zoellner25 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:43 PM

    We did not……nose grows…………lie about…….nose grow…….

  10. jerruhjones says: Feb 9, 2016 2:45 PM

    Johnny Albatross

  11. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 9, 2016 2:47 PM

    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.

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    Top five QBs in the NFL (based on potential and everything going right):

    1. Johnny Cleveland
    2. RG3
    3. Tom Brady
    4. Jared Goff
    5. Aaron Rodgers

  13. phootballphorever says: Feb 9, 2016 2:49 PM

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

  14. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 9, 2016 2:49 PM

    I heard that Hall and Oates song Rich Girl was written about Johnny Manziel.

  15. JP says: Feb 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    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.

  16. suhmonster90 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    Independent neurologist is not going to risk his career by lying about something like this. Seems to be a completely fabricated story. Shocker.

  17. blowpackblow says: Feb 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    Seems legit. The Browns should lose a 1st round pick every year so they can’t take a QB. They would be better off in the long run.

  18. chunkderrrty says: Feb 9, 2016 2:59 PM

    He’s the new Namath

  19. olskool711 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:03 PM

    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.

  20. thermanmerman99 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:09 PM

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

  21. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? says: Feb 9, 2016 3:09 PM

    Cleveland Browns make it so much easier for me to be an Eagles fan….but not by much.

  22. sbdt says: Feb 9, 2016 3:12 PM

    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

  23. mvp43 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:12 PM

    Deflated footballs are much more important than this.

  24. tcostant says: Feb 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    Easy enough for the NFL to check!

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:15 PM

    So he had a concussion and was drunk on top of it.

    Got it.

  26. jag1959 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:24 PM

    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.

  27. expatnyker says: Feb 9, 2016 3:32 PM

    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.

  28. 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.

  29. grndizzle says: Feb 9, 2016 3:49 PM

    It’s not in Haslem’s DNA to lie or cheat.

  30. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 9, 2016 3:58 PM

    we didn’t lie, we “un-truthed”.

  31. keylimelight says: Feb 9, 2016 4:09 PM

    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.

  32. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    Yes you did

  33. jazz11001 says: Feb 9, 2016 4:55 PM

    Tim Tebow be like….and I don’t have a job?
    Just sign Tebow ASAP and the media will go crazy over that instead of Jonny budweiser

    Mic drop

  34. vikings1234 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:00 PM

    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.

  35. citiciti says: Feb 9, 2016 5:02 PM

    Dead Pool !!!!!!!!!!

  36. sammievee says: Feb 9, 2016 5:24 PM

    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?

  37. sammievee says: Feb 9, 2016 5:25 PM

    The dude was in concussion protocol, and unless the hangover related to a two day delayed drunk the two are totally unrelated.

  38. sammievee says: Feb 9, 2016 5:28 PM

    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.

  39. oldcracker says: Feb 9, 2016 7:23 PM

    Would Truckstop Jimmy Haslam, or any of his employees lie???

  40. greenlargo says: Feb 10, 2016 8:41 AM

    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.

  41. PokeSalad says: Feb 10, 2016 11:02 AM

    BREAKING: “Browns Lie About Being A Professional Sports Franchise.”

  42. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 9:59 AM

    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?

  43. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 10:01 AM

    Even Jerry Jones has lost interest.

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