NFL employee calls for NFL to blackball Johnny Manziel

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With the Browns (finally) dumping quarterback Johnny Manziel, the next question becomes whether someone else will give Manziel his latest second chance.

Former NFL player Heath Evans, who currently works for the NFL as one of its on-air NFL media analysts, thinks that all teams should be prevented from doing so.

Via Deadspin, Evans has called upon the Commissioner to prevent teams from signing Manziel. Without something along the lines of a lifetime suspension (which of course would have to be supported by evidence and would in turn be subject to appeal procedures under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and external litigation if the Commissioner abuses his powers), any directive by the league office to teams not to sign Manziel would amount to collusion.

Though it’s safe to say that Goodell isn’t taking advice from Evans regarding matters of employee discipline (then again, based on the league’s misadventures in court the past few years, maybe he is), it’s a bad look for any employee of the NFL to be advocating behavior that would be a violation of federal law.

That doesn’t mean Manziel won’t be blackballed. Some believe that the league has made it clear to teams that running back Ray Rice will never play again after his misconduct of two years ago. Absent a smoking gun like an email or a text message or a former club employee who is sufficient disgruntled to speak out, that could never be proven.

As to players like Manziel, collusion isn’t needed. From a possible domestic violence prosecution to substance-abuse issues that placed him in rehab for 10 weeks last year and that by all appearances have resurfaced, no team in its right mind will be giving Manziel safe haven.

If he was really good, of course, that would be a different issue.

89 responses to “NFL employee calls for NFL to blackball Johnny Manziel

  1. “a lifetime suspension (which of course would have to be supported by evidence and would in turn be subject to appeal procedures under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and external litigation if the Commissioner abuses his powers)”

    I noticed a typo here. You said “if” when I think you probably meant “when”.

  2. If he was really good, of course, that would be a different issue.

    If this statement were not true then maybe there would be fewer people misbehaving if they knew it would cost them their jobs. Just ask Greg Hardy. He knows the Cowboys will always give him a chance and consider him a leader.

  3. ‘No team in it’s right mind…” So, that means the Bengals will take him as a backup so he can hang with Adam Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict? Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t that team currently hold the record on most players arrested in the last 10 years either before or after they came to the team?

  4. “no team in its right mind will be giving Manziel safe haven.”

    So your saying Jerry Jones still might then?

  5. If he hit his girlfriend he’s going to be suspended by the league for a year at least. After that he’ll have to prove he’s changed to be reinstated.

    Unfortunately, even Johnny’s dad thinks his son won’t change. Recently said he has a 50/50 shot at seeing his next birthday if he stays on the path he’s currently on.

    Sad

  6. Anyone who watches NFLN regularly knows that Evans is a network tool — desperate for attention — who makes it his job to express opinions that sound pugnacious and controversial but are actually pretty pedestrian and boring.

  7. Who cares what he thinks. If a team doesn’t want to sign him, they don’t have to sign him. If they want to, that’s their prerogative. Heath Evans is either an idiot, or he’s just saying this to get his name in the news and try to make himself relevant. Most likely both.

  8. Manziel probably should probably sit out a year and get his life straightened up, but I think Heath Evans should be joining him at the unemployment line. His input is usually overly colored by old grudges he still seems to hold from his playing days. I can not think of one insightful statement that has ever been attributed to him.

  9. To be fair, NFL should blackball Brady also, proven cheater, lied also. Completely tarnished the Shield.

    I for one wont watch the Pats ever again, filthy cheaters.

  10. It’s called collusion and highly illegal. You’d think he’d know better since he works for the NFL.

  11. Heath, stick to glorifying the patriots organization and saying,” do your job,” on TV and all should be status quo. Since when did you became a man of voice, considering you hung out on a regular basis with a convicted rapist err felon. I have never heard you mention anything about men who rape women consistently and deliberately with drugs. Stop using the network as a platform to speak your mind. If you don’t like the guy that’s ok, but who are you to decide what is best for 32 teams. Just stick to being an average guy who played the game and got lucky on the saints and got a ring. Your insight is subpar about football and you should feel lucky you still get paid to be around the game. Work on your craft and let those who govern the NFL do their job. So I take a phrase out of your book- “just do your job,” and let them do theirs.

  12. I don’t see a need to blackball Johnny Cokefiend. He is not good enough to get another shot in the league. When the news about him bows over, the only time we will hear about him is when he gets arrested for drinking and drug related crimes or when he beats up a woman r when he dies f a drug over dose.

  13. “yourmadre says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:13 PM
    Who cares what he thinks. If a team doesn’t want to sign him, they don’t have to sign him. If they want to, that’s their prerogative. Heath Evans is either an idiot, or he’s just saying this to get his name in the news and try to make himself relevant. Most likely both.”

    You nailed it on the first shot, Heath Evans is an idiot.

  14. u4iadman says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:16 PM
    To be fair, NFL should blackball Brady also, proven cheater, lied also. Completely tarnished the Shield.

    I for one wont watch the Pats ever again, filthy cheaters.

    ———————–

    Somehow I don’t think the Patriots, Tom Brady or the fans will have hurt feelings if you never watch them again. Get over yourself.

  15. That HGH bloated never was Heath Evans is the main reason I stopped watching NFLN. He’s Mike Silver bad. How is he employed?

  16. The NFL is scummy enough to blackball Johnny. So let me get this straight, you want a player banned because he parties? O ok. The NFL would cease to exist if that happened.

    And o yeah he got benched by the Jr. High Principal acting as his NFL HC his first 2 yrs. Wins a game then gets put on the bench for a QB that won 2 out of his last 24 games. Yeah its all Johnnys fault he got stuck being drafted by the worst, most incompetent organization in Pro Sports.

    O yeah he only threw for 372 yds at Pittsburgh with crappy WRs but yeah he stinks as a QB. Amazing how many dumb people there are associated with the NFL

  17. Is it not absolutely amazing all the people that have no clue what they are talking about? Heath Evans needs to be fired for his inflammatory comments. Until you can show where Manziel has been arrested for anything close to what you think you know, then shut up

  18. I guess it’s easy to blast a white guy even tho he didn’t do anything illegal. Where was Heath Evans when they let Harrison into the hall of fame?

  19. I’m sure Manziels agent and team of lawyers have a law suit in hand and will be suing Heath Evans and ESPN. Making that comment constitutes collision and if Manziel can prove nobody would hire him based on said comments will be a windfall for Johnny football.

  20. Shouldn’t the NFL try to get this guy some help ? Instead of just banning him, get him help and he can’t sign with another team until he has completed treatment and his life is back in order.

  21. Oh STOP.

    He isn’t a spokesman of the league or even involved in the business. He is suppose to challenge the league and stray beyond discussions that could be considered “Official.” If the NFL only allowed guys that tow the company line, this site would probably be one of its biggest critics. I also think people are smart enough to know this is just some guy spouting off. The NFL has zero incentive to do something like this. It would draw the ire of the union and possibly the court system. It would also be another piece of bad publicity for the league.

    Ultimately, the market will sort this out. No team is going to bring this guy in at his current state. Unless, and until, this guy cleans up his act, I don’t see a team putting their trust into him at the most important position on the team or by risking the damage he could possibly do to their locker room.

  22. You guys are bitching about Evans? Did you see/hear that creature that sat alongside him all season?

  23. suncawy says:
    Mar 11, 2016 8:06 PM
    Shouldn’t the NFL try to get this guy some help ? Instead of just banning him, get him help and he can’t sign with another team until he has completed treatment and his life is back in order

    Um, no. If you show up to work drunk do you expect your boss to hold your hand and cry for you? He’s supposedly a grown man with family. It’s his and their responsibility to get him help, not his employers. #accountability.

  24. footbalfan58— another clown that backs tool bags from Massachusetts … The ironic thing here is you mention the Patriots on a post about the Browns…. Soon very soon the Patriots will be side by side the Browns
    right the outhouse of the NFL…..

  25. “Heath Evans is Mike Silver bad.” jrob23, I think that is the funniest and most accurate statement I’ve read on this site in a long time. That made me laugh out loud.

  26. don’t even get me started on mike silver. That guy is so bad on TV. Interrupts everybody and always feels he has an answer for everything and sounds like a 12 year old with his arm up in class saying, “me,me,me.”
    Plus he is such a Packer homer it is disgusting.

  27. The phrase “stay in your lane” comes to mind. Its the NFL, is not some church league, and while it is a privilege, not a right, to play in the NFL. It should still take more than the as of yet, unsubstantiated accusations and the opinions of a few talking heads to take away that privilege. At least where I come from.

  28. The best player in your franchise’s history murdered someone. Seriously.
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    ‘No team in it’s right mind…” So, that means the Bengals will take him as a backup so he can hang with Adam Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict? Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t that team currently hold the record on most players arrested in the last 10 years either before or after they came

  29. Whatever mania that was associated with Manziel is over. Why continue to dump on him ? His NFL career is over for now. He didn’t do enough on field to prove he’s worth the trouble.

  30. He’s not a good guy, but let’s face it, the NFL isn’t full of good guys. There have been guys on every team with equal or worse accusations against them at one point in their career. Hernandez, OJ, Ray Rice, T Suggs, Ray Lewis, AP, Lawrence Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger, etc, etc.

  31. Michael Vick the dog killer should have been blackballed. If you can torture and kill dogs and still get a job then Manziels in luck. Maybe he will end up in Philly. They’re cool with dog killers so you never know

  32. Suspending Manziel is redundant. He’ll do just fine not playing QB in the NFL on his own.

  33. Stallworth and Brent both killed people and didn’t get suspended for more than a year. We should probably wait for Manziel to actually get charged and convicted of something before talking about lifetime bans.

  34. Evans is right. No NFL team should sign Manziel. He should be told to get back to a rehab facility and stay there for as long as it takes to get off booze and drugs.
    Then, after he gets out, give him one year to stay out of trouble. If he does both of those things, tell him he can re-sign with any foolish team which would want him.

  35. The only reason why Ray Rice is out of football is because no one would pay him the money. He was not playing well and that is why. The same for Johnny, if had proven himself, it wouldn’t matter what he has done off field. He would find a team.

  36. Who the hell is Heath Evans anyway? Honestly I never hear of him! I would love to see what his reaction would be if it was his kid that had the problem! Go away no name.

  37. ddtrane says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:21 PM
    It’s called collusion and highly illegal. You’d think he’d know better since he works for the NFL

    ===================================

    yes bc the execs of the nfl set such a good example of proper legal behavior (sarcasm.) heath gets his message from the top on down, thats why he is so brilliant!!

  38. No excuse for Manziel’s behavior. The Patriots should lose another draft pick because of this. The is as much evidence that they had a role in this as footballs losing air during a game.

  39. This is a great example to set. Manziel clearly has issues that need to be dealt with but to blackball him would be sending a terrible message. Yes there are people who go down the dark path and can’t return but to write someone off is foolish.

  40. rutledge3197 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 9:21 PM

    footbalfan58— another clown that backs tool bags from Massachusetts … The ironic thing here is you mention the Patriots on a post about the Browns…. Soon very soon the Patriots will be side by side the Browns
    right the outhouse of the NFL…..
    ________________________________________

    Awe, poor little Troll…You keep hoping and dreaming about the Patriots demise out there on Troll Fantasy Island…Patriots will continue to celebrate championships….

    Run along now, the other Trolls are getting together to think up more fantasies to help deflect the fact that their teams can’t compete year in and year out with the Patriots.

    Patriots = 20+ Years of Dominance
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  41. Heath Evans can talk trash all he wants and still is has no impact on the league. Just like when he was a player.

  42. So he basically telling the NFL to commit collusion. Yea smart idea Heath. I’m sure the NFLPA would love to hear that the NFL is trying to collude.

  43. Thumbs up for Manziel will straighten out before his chances are exhausted, because the bottom line he’s just a mixed up kid.

    Thumbs down he won’t, because he’s just too self serving looking for good times only and far too gone to make it make!

  44. “no team in its right mind will be giving Manziel safe haven.”

    So that mean the Jets and the Cowboys are still and option.

  45. How typical of the NFL. Instead of having the fortitude of standing up publically , denouncing behaviour it feels strongly against and taking a public position against it by banning a player who has crossed such a boundary, they take the underhanded route of whispering about the player, telling their clubs under the table to not hire the person and using their employees to wage a war of propaganda against the player. How like that lying, inept, coward Goodell.

  46. u4iadman says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:16 PM
    To be fair, NFL should blackball Brady also, proven cheater, lied also. Completely tarnished the Shield.

    I for one wont watch the Pats ever again, filthy cheaters

    Are you serious? You are reall comparing equally these two players? What in the world makes you think you are so important that your one person boycott of the Patriots means anything to anybody but yourself. You are just another low IQ know nothing Patriot hater that would use whatever excuse you could find to hate the Patriots. Good riddance.

  47. u4iadman says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:16 PM
    To be fair, NFL should blackball Brady also, proven cheater, lied also. Completely tarnished the Shield.

    I for one wont watch the Pats ever again, filthy cheaters.
    =============================
    I know for a fact that Brady considers that to be a very hurtful statement and wants to know what he can do to change your mind. He is so hurt by your decision that he is considering not playing just so that you would change your mind. Would you please reconsider? Please just watch at least one game?

  48. “u4iadman says:
    Mar 11, 2016 7:16 PM
    To be fair, NFL should blackball Brady also, proven cheater, lied also. Completely tarnished the Shield.

    I for one wont watch the Pats ever again, filthy cheaters.”

    Another guy who as a kid when he lost use to take his ball and say ‘I’m never playing you again’ has spoken.

  49. If Goodell wins his court case against Brady he can ban players from the game whether there is a reason to or not

    The CBA in Goodell’s mind and in his legal brief, is only an optional guideline – furthermore Goodell doesn’t answer to the courts – they answer to him and their only role is to affirm his power and make clear that players have no rights

    Whether Manziel deserves to be banned or not – or whether there should be due process – is irrelevant

    Goodell has spoken through his underling

  50. It seems that players who accomplished absolutely nothing are the ones that know everything. I bet if the patriocheats picked up manziel then Heath Evans would then tell us how that is such a good fit and how belicheat with resurrect Johnny Football.

  51. Is there a less relevant ex-NFL player than Evans? I think even 9 out of 10 “Mr. Irrelevants” would agree there isn’t.

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