At Heat-Mavs game, Manziel declines to comment on his situation


On Tuesday, the Browns made it clear that they’re done with Johnny Manziel. On Wednesday, Manziel had no desire to talk about the situation.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel declined an interview request from Tim MacMahon of at a Heat-Mavs game in Dallas. Manziel offered to talk instead about the Mavs, but MacMahon declined to entertain the quarterback’s views on the basketball team in Dallas.

The Browns reportedly will cut Manziel on March 9, the first day of the new league year. It’s widely believed that he wants to play for the football team in Dallas; it’s still unknown whether the Cowboys want Manziel.

Owner Jerry Jones presumably does, but he wanted Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft and was overruled. If Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett don’t want Manziel, they could block the move.

Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown, who lives in the Dallas area, told PFT Live on Tuesday that he believes the fans don’t want Manziel. Brown also pointed out that the recent expansion of Manziel’s misdeeds to possibly include domestic violence will make it even harder for the Cowboys to sign him, especially in the wake of the failed 2015 experiment with defensive end Greg Hardy.

75 responses to “At Heat-Mavs game, Manziel declines to comment on his situation

  1. To bad Jerry the clown Jomes was not also at that game. He may have seen how a real professional team is run. The Heat led by Pat Riley. You think Riles would put up with the Manziel side show. I don’t think so.

  2. Please stop reporting on this guy.

    March 9 I can see the reporting.

    Something tells me he’s gonna be in the news before that.

    Let him party, Deion sanders and John elway used to party…

  3. He wanted to talk about the Mavs? Who cares what Johnny Failure thinks about anything? The sooner this guy is gone for good, the better. He was a punk when they drafted him. Then he went to rehab and had a bunch of people rooting for him to turn it around, but he had no intention of ever doing anything other than what he wanted to do. I only feel bad for Browns fans in this whole situation, they stick with their team and their crook of an owner rewards them with this nonsense. SMDH.

  4. 1. when a goofball espn reporter is able to tell you no we don’t want your opinion and you are a nfl-er, there is a serious problem with you.

    2. Tim brown lol. Domestic violence and other stupidity by John make him all the more qualified for the boys

    3. Jerry sign manziel, rg3 and kap! Run platoons baby greatest show on turf

  5. Is that picture of him taken at the game?
    So he wears his jersey and pads everywhere he goes?
    Man, he really does need treatment to sober up!

  6. Living a few hours from Dallas and swarmed by Cowboys fans, I can tell you there’s a lot of fans that want Manziel on the team, but…………most people just want him as a backup.

  7. Sad. A QB starved franchise who wanted him to succeed finally threw in the towel. I hope the guy gets his personal life in order, but to squander such a rare opportunity as being a NFL starting quarterback is pure foolishness. Tip of the hat to the Browns for drafting him, riding with him through his childishness and giving him his chance. Time to wake up man.

  8. Hate when a malcontent can behave like this to get what he wants. On the other hand I hope addiction doesn’t cost himself dearly in a means besides money.

  9. I have moved past Manziel being delusional, to just being dumb. And being surrounded by dumb people. Otherwise someone would have clued him in to the Millions he is losing on a daily basis. This guy has not made a good decision since he left rehab. And I have a feeling he walked out of rehab convinced he fooled everyone. Probably not. Given the climate surrounding his career right now he may want to google “Ryan Leaf”.

  10. Somewhere millions in unison are holding up the universal “L” hand signal over their foreheads….Lahhh-oooi-sss-eeeerrr

  11. This is probably the best day in Manziel’s life. Lets be honest. He doesn’t need the NFL and more importantly the players that go to play for the Browns are those that are fighting for a career and/or want the extra income. That’s the honest truth. The Browns are where players go to be forgotten. If players had the option to reject the team that drafts them and not re-enter the following year, I believe at most gone in the 1st by the Browns would of decided to not go, among other teams.

    This is what he wanted. From the start he didn’t want to go to the Browns. He could of kept the antics up because he was trying to get cut or continued doing what he was doing because he simply hated the team and didn’t care. At the end of the day though we will see what happens in time. He’ll get signed again but if he suddenly ‘straightens up’ then it’ll be obvious what it was.

  12. Don’t be surprised if it later comes out that Johnny deliberately staged some of his recent partying and the dramatic helicopter search for him to speed up his exit visa out of Cleveland.
    BTW – Manziel recently purchased an interest in a Dallas nightclub.

  13. johnny should call jimmy and say hey lets wreck this league lol. its sad cleveland always buys into the hype the media creates on lousy players

  14. Manziel, the “Affluenza QB”, will likely be signed by Dallas or another team during the off-season, unless he gets arrested. Somehow, I doubt that will happen while he’s in Texas.

  15. What does it say about the state of the Cowboys organization when they’re considering picking through the Cleveland Browns’ garbage?

  16. What’s he really going to say anyway? He’s an idiot who has forced his way out of town by acting like a spoiled, egotistical, moronic rich kid. Cleveland, I solute you for taking a stand against this clown.

  17. At least Ryan Leaf had the “decency” to implode quickly. Johnny Goofball has prolonged his situation far too long.

    Come on, man! Get arrested! And the GO AWAY!

  18. This is just blatant.
    He visits Texas way too often.
    I hope no one signs him because as a Colts fan looking in on the outside, this fool I’s annoying and just trying to get what he wants and that’s to play for dallas

  19. Jones is the new Al Davis…. crackpot owner /GM

    imagine what Romo could have been had he gotten what a GM is supposed to provide instead of the every year circus that is the Dallas Cowboys

  20. Now call me crazy. I somehow feel he was just trying to shoot his way out of Cleveland. I don’t like the guy for his affluenza behavior. But somehow maybe we would have drunkenly road a swan in a pool if that was our ticket out of the factory. There is zero evidence to show a qb will excel there in our modern day

  21. the difference between Manziel and hardy is the fact Hardy was convicted of DA while manziel has only been accused of it by somebody who refuses to do anything other than say he he abused her. he has never been charged because the cops and D.A. have found nothing to show he did anything she said he did. the fact they are not together and she calls them says more about her than him. honestly has there ever been a player with so much that has been said about without him actually doing anything but have a good time? really because he does not go all manning and live football 24/7 365 days a year he is not fit to be a starting qb in the NFL? he has not proved anything yet due to the fact he has played for a coach who never wanted him and looked for an excuse not to play him. if he went to the cowboys at least he would know where he stood from the start.

  22. If his son Stephen and Coach Garrett don’t want him they could block the move… unless Jerrah wants him. I don’t see anyone blocking Jerry Jones when it comes to his team.

  23. Manziel is the biggest running joke in football right now. And any team that signs him gets what they deserve. The guy needs to be out of football so he can get his life together.

    And..his family is rich. So what’s his motivation to really excel?

  24. What is there to talk about? He is going to be unemployed in a few weeks. I can’t think of anyone that would want to talk about getting fired, BEFORE it happens.

  25. Dallas can never use the domestic violence argument against any player again they already proved they will accept scumbags.

  26. So, obviously attending a basketball game during the offseason is not a horrible thing to do.
    But given the context, Manziel would be wise to lay low while his agent comes up with whatever piecemeal strategy he can to salvage a couple million dollars more out of this loser’s career.

    But that’s the whole problem- Guy just can’t stay out of the spotlight to save his life. Or career.

  27. I have a comment on his situation. On draft day, I couldn’t believe Manziel had become a Cleveland Brown. My astonishment turned to a sick feeling the moment he made that money sign.

    He texted that he wanted to be a Brown, and yet his actions from that moment forward reflected his ambivalence between being an NFL quarterback and living the party lifestyle. It’s this ambivalence that tortured us as fans because each time he apologized we believed he could be the qb that we’ve wanted for so long: quick release, elusive, strong arm, ultra-competitive, and he brought an energy to the offence.

    So the Browns develop him for two years, and now he’s probably going to go to the Cowboys to be further developed while the Browns pay him. He basically got a coaching staff fired while sticking the middle finger up to the organization that paid him and believed in him, his team mates, and the fan base. I hope he’s proud of himself.

  28. If he signs with the Cowboys — does Cleveland still have to pay him the guaranteed money or does it become the Cowboy’s obligation?

    The guy basically took Cleveland for a ride.

  29. Yep, Johnny partied a lot.

    He chose partying over football.

    But I am not going to sit here and like half of you fools and act like Johnny needs severe help. “OH GOD, HE JUST NEEDS HELP SO BAD” I am not going to act like Johnny needs to change his lifestyle, because quite frankly he doesn’t. We have certified killers in this world, and you’re all concerned over a 22 year old partying?!?! LOL! He’s acting like a normal 22 year old. Browns fans can complain ALL they want, it was YOUR organization that drafted a 20 year old. Manziel has never done anything criminal from what we have seen. Stabler spent over 5 seasons on the bench because of similar antics. Nobody believed in him.

    We do know Johnny has an insane girlfriend that repeatedly keeps calling the cops over shouting matches, but has never presented enough evidence for an arrest.

    So many of you clowns act like you’ve lived under a shell, reading books in a hammock for 30 years. Must suck not having any fun?

    Party on Big John Football, I support kids partying and having a good time over holding guns and killing. But apparently the other two are more acceptable in America.

  30. cafetero1075 says:
    Feb 4, 2016 8:46 AM
    If Jerry signed T.O., Pacman Jones( at that time) Greg Hardy, Manziel is a angel compared to those guys.
    How you gonna throw TO into the group with those other 2 criminals? TO wasn’t really a problem in Dallas, and gets thrown under the bus way too much. He was a DIVA, but his output on the field justified his antics. Pacman and Hardy should be in prison. And Manziel is just a stubborn, immature young adult, with millions of dollars in the bank from football, and millions more from Daddy and Mommy enabling him to continue his stubbornness and immaturity. Manziel will get 1 more shot from 1 more team. And WHEN he fails, he will be back in Texas, partying and spending his remaining dollars and years of his life at the A&M bars.

  31. Browns should keep him for the upcoming season. Make him 3rd string and inactive him for every game. Make it mandatory for him to be at every game. If he is a no show then fine him the max allowed.

    Make it his job to chart every play, give stats on how many times the Browns get to the line with xx time on the play clock. Make him chart defensive schemes and give input on if the correct play was called. If not then what play should have been called. If he doesn’t fine him the max again. I would go out of my way to make next season an embarrassment for him. Then I would cut him just before the game on week 17.

  32. attention is his heroin. that being said, what were you doing at his age? get off his sack. i don’t see him being charged with anything. its not his fault he was a reach in the draft. i couldn’t care less about the browns or manziel or whatever but i’d like to see how any of us would fare with that kind of attention. not everyone can just troop it out

  33. “attention is his heroin. that being said, what were you doing at his age?”
    At his age I was in Viet Nam carrying an M16 and a .45 doing my best to avoid the “attention” of the Viet Cong so I could survive and come back home on my feet instead of in a body bag.
    What were you all doing at 22?

  34. Johnny is fulfilling his promise to “wreck the NFL”… team at a time.

    That said, the funniest part of this article was the line about Garrett “blocking” Jerrah’s decision on anything……what a laugh. YGBSM.

  35. Those that are now suddenly on Johnny’s side – we’re mad because has the natural talent and resources to be an excellent football player. Most of us have never come close to that and would dearly love to be in that spot. And Johnny seems to be taking it for granted. With all the money his family has, he could be partying in Vegas all the time anyway, without being a football player. But there he is at party after party, while an opportunity most of us would give almost anything for sits idly by, wasting. That’s infuriating for most of us.

    I will be quite interested to see how he performs next year as a Cowboy after Romo gets hurt again.

  36. People are giving Manziel too much credit if you think he’s doing all of this to be released by Cleveland. IF that was the case, he’d just show up late to meetings, etc. and not involve the police.

    Bottom line is he doesn’t care about football.

  37. But, but, but he wore his helmet and shoulder pads for his pro day. Remember the media ate that up…it was the best thing ever…what a joke.

  38. Johnny Manziel. Manti T’eo. Tim Tebow. Michael Sam. These are all guys that were created by the media. They got all the hype during the draft, and even a lot of attention since the draft, but what have they done? Tebow did do some amazing things with the Broncos, but now he’s out of the league. T’eo hasn’t done anything. Manziel hasn’t done anything on the field. Sam hasn’t done anything. Can someone explain how these guys get created by the media, and who decides that these guys deserve all this attention. Why do we consume this stuff?

  39. racksie says:
    Feb 4, 2016 1:25 AM

    This guy has not made a good decision since he left rehab. And I have a feeling he walked out of rehab convinced he fooled everyone.

    Yep, he fooled everyone. His effort may have been sincere, but he is an alcoholic and the first person he fooled was himself. He’s sick.

    It’s like the old song says: He’s more to be pitied than censured.

  40. Manziel is such a joke. I just did a google search to find his career stats and it isnt even on the first page. He’s a freaking NFL player and his stats arent on the first page of google!

  41. Why does anyone repeat anything Cabot posts? She’s the one who came out with the March 9 date. The woman is a rumor monger. She took a simple statement about Manziel being at a basketball game drinking ice water and makes claims about how he’s “under investigation” by police when all anyone knows is that Fort Worth found nothing had happened in their jurisdiction but referred their report to Dallas, where something “might have.” I seriously doubt that Dallas police are going to go off chasing rumor, which is basically what the report indicated. They stated that the woman was “intoxicated” and “uncooperative.” Dallas is not going to go looking for something unless there is a reason, meaning someone at the place of the alleged “disturbance” reported it. We’re not talking about robbery, or even assault and battery. They use the word “assault” which is verbal, unless accompanied by “battery.”

  42. It would cost the Cowboys nothing to give the kid another shot….playing for the Browns can make anyone a alcoholic, give him an contract based on playing time with a out clause when team rules are broken….he clearly had a coach who didn’t like him from the jump and he clearly didn’t take the opportunity granted him….he needs counseling and a drug program and probably a new girlfriend (she’s just as much a drunk as he is and he doesn’t need that around him when trying to be sober)….and if he fails with the Cowboys he’s out of the league…..

  43. The following is Texas penal code for assault. The only way Manziel can be charged would be if the woman presses charges or witnesses were found. Assault in Texas is general not a felony:



    Sec. 22.01. ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:

    (1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse;

    (2) intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; or

    (3) intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

    (b) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed against:

    (1) a person the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant;

    (2) a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code, if:

    (A) it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has been previously convicted of an offense under this chapter, Chapter 19, or Section 20.03, 20.04, 21.11, or 25.11 against a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code; or

    (B) the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person’s throat or neck or by blocking the person’s nose or mouth;

    (3) a person who contracts with government to perform a service in a facility as defined by Section 1.07(a)(14), Penal Code, or Section 51.02(13) or (14), Family Code, or an employee of that person:

    (A) while the person or employee is engaged in performing a service within the scope of the contract, if the actor knows the person or employee is authorized by government to provide the service; or

    (B) in retaliation for or on account of the person’s or employee’s performance of a service within the scope of the contract;

    (4) a person the actor knows is a security officer while the officer is performing a duty as a security officer; or

    (5) a person the actor knows is emergency services personnel while the person is providing emergency services.

    (b-1) Notwithstanding Subsection (b)(2), an offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a felony of the second degree if:

    (1) the offense is committed against a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code;

    (2) it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has been previously convicted of an offense under this chapter, Chapter 19, or Section 20.03, 20.04, or 21.11 against a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code; and

    (3) the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person’s throat or neck or by blocking the person’s nose or mouth.

    (c) An offense under Subsection (a)(2) or (3) is a Class C misdemeanor, except that the offense is:

    (1) a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed under Subsection (a)(3) against an elderly individual or disabled individual, as those terms are defined by Section 22.04; or

    (2) a Class B misdemeanor if the offense is committed by a person who is not a sports participant against a person the actor knows is a sports participant either:

    (A) while the participant is performing duties or responsibilities in the participant’s capacity as a sports participant; or

    (B) in retaliation for or on account of the participant’s performance of a duty or responsibility within the participant’s capacity as a sports participant.

    (d) For purposes of Subsection (b), the actor is presumed to have known the person assaulted was a public servant, a security officer, or emergency services personnel if the person was wearing a distinctive uniform or badge indicating the person’s employment as a public servant or status as a security officer or emergency services personnel.

    (e) In this section:

    (1) “Emergency services personnel” includes firefighters, emergency medical services personnel as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code, emergency room personnel, and other individuals who, in the course and scope of employment or as a volunteer, provide services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.

    (3) “Security officer” means a commissioned security officer as defined by Section 1702.002, Occupations Code, or a noncommissioned security officer registered under Section 1702.221, Occupations Code.

    (4) “Sports participant” means a person who participates in any official capacity with respect to an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or other organized amateur or professional athletic competition and includes an athlete, referee, umpire, linesman, coach, instructor, administrator, or staff member.

    (f) For the purposes of Subsections (b)(2)(A) and (b-1)(2):

    (1) a defendant has been previously convicted of an offense listed in those subsections committed against a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code, if the defendant was adjudged guilty of the offense or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in return for a grant of deferred adjudication, regardless of whether the sentence for the offense was ever imposed or whether the sentence was probated and the defendant was subsequently discharged from community supervision; and

    (2) a conviction under the laws of another state for an offense containing elements that are substantially similar to the elements of an offense listed in those subsections is a conviction of the offense listed.

    (g) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or both sections.

  44. Johnny played the Clowns like a fiddle. They are the worst organization in all of pro sports. They treated him like garbage from Day 1 with their act like a backup comments to their incompetent junior high ex-Head Coach Patty Pettine.

    To the gossiper hack Mary Kay Cabot. When he shreds the Browns D next year in Cleveland, he will flip off their dumb new head coach Hue Jackson, and Mary Kay Cabot. He will throw for 450 against that sorry Clown defense

  45. Dallas is probably the worst place for him as he has too many fanboys in Texas. Plus his transgressions will be excused by the authorities further enabling his actions. His lawyer only has to say one word, Affluenza, and the police in Texas will let him go.

  46. I am very disappointed in his seemingly lack of ability to comprehend that his actions are destructive to his career and his life. But to hear these whiny Cleveland fans attempt to blame Manziel for the Brown’s failure and the firing of the coaching staff is nothing short of laughable. Pettine never wanted Manziel from day one and only played him when he absolutely had to. Manziel was never given the job of starting quarterback for anything more than a temporary basis. Perhaps Manziel treated the Browns exactly the way the Browns treated him?

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