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.