Rosenhaus: Johnny Manziel hasn’t made steps toward treatment

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On Wednesday, agent Drew Rosenhaus said that he would terminate his working relationship with Johnny Manziel unless the erstwhile Browns quarterback took the “necessary steps” to get his life back on track over the next five days.

There’s still time left before that deadline, but Rosenhaus isn’t optimistic that Manziel will take his advice. Rosenhaus appeared as a guest on PFT Live with Mike Florio on Friday and said he doesn’t think he and Manziel are “on the same page” about what the quarterback needs to do in order to get himself moving in the right direction personally and professionally.

“Unfortunately there hasn’t been any movement toward getting help or seeking treatment that I’m aware of,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m trying diligently to recommend this to Johnny. I’m not the first one, certainly not the only one. There are a lot of friends and family and people that want the best for this young man. He’s got a plan, it’s just different than the one he and I talked about and what I would recommend to him.”

Assuming things don’t change and Rosenhaus moves on, it will make two agents that have opted not to continue working with Manziel this offseason. The Browns made the same choice, of course, and it continues to seem clear that Manziel’s football future is nothing more than a hypothetical until he starts making different decisions away from the field.

108 responses to “Rosenhaus: Johnny Manziel hasn’t made steps toward treatment

  1. JM is addicted to being a teenager from the 70’s.

    Difference is we cleaned up after ourselves, got up in the morning and went to work (this is before Ibuprofen, too).

  2. HAHAHAHAH People of all sorts thought this guy was the next big thing. Hillary Clinton also has a lot of supporters. Its scary how delusional people are.

  3. It is obvious that Johnny Football has decided the NFL is not worth the effort it requires and prefers to be Johnny Coulda’Been.

    The league has retired him. He is no longer a viable professional athlete, so please stop posting stories about him.

  4. This is all about Drew. Any agent, especially a lawyer-agent, would keep this kind of thing between him & his client. How could Manziel trust Drew? He’s no different than any other talking head that’s hyper-focused on one player’s partying.

  5. At this point, I would leave the guy alone. It’s obvious he has made his choice as to what is most important in his life, and it isn’t playing in the NFL. I doubt he will ever take another snap in the NFL. So he is obviously enjoying himself, and he is rich, so everybody should quit spending time talking and worrying about him. Just because he is a football player, he is getting so much attention. If he was a regular citizen that was doing the same thing, no one would care. So, if he wants to party his brains out, it’s his choice.

  6. “He’s got a plan, it’s just different than the one he and I talked about and what I would recommend to him.”

    The plan won’t work Johnny. Keith Richards and Charlie Sheen already tried it. It’s just not possible to do all the drugs and drink all the booze on the planet, they can make it faster than you can use it

  7. Anyone who knows the disease of addiction knows that treatment doesn’t work unless the person wants it to work. And, usually people don’t want it to work until they hit the rock bottom of their life. Manziel probably has too much money left to hit rock bottom for a while. It might take a tough judge putting him in jail for some of his antics for him to hit bottom.

  8. Manziel’s Plan:

    1) Consume no more than 1 fifth of Jack Daniels each week day.
    2) Set partying records on weekends — unlimited booze, drugs, women, gambling, and loud music.
    3) Stop hitting light poles when driving or as passenger in car with drunk buddies.
    4) Sign huge multi-million dollar contract with Dallas Cowboys after convincing Jerrah I’ve changed.
    5) Win three consecutive SuperBowls.

  9. I wonder if he’s actually told Johnny yet, because I’m not sure he’s had the time, what with blabbing everything to everyone in creation instead.

    Maybe stop trying to put yourself over and pick up the phone, Rosenhaus?

  10. Is it horrible to hope he gets arrested and forced into rehab? I don’t care about him as a football player. I care that a fellow human being is wasting his life.

  11. The image of Rosenhaus jumping into Plaxico Burress’s arms when he was released is forever burned in my brain…

  12. This may shock people, but playing football simply isn’t a priority to Johnny Manziel.

    I am no one to judge Johnny Manziel for his priorities, especially since he is already rich and doesn’t NEED to play a game as the means to an end, his heart simply isn’t in it.

    End of story, lets move on now shall we?

  13. So many people struggle to work at difficult jobs every day, for their whole lives, just to support themselves and their families. Then there are others, like Manziel, that have enough talent to simply throw a little ball around and make enough money to support him and his family for many years. Yet, he chooses to waste his talent in favor of booze and whatever.

    He is a special kind of stupid.

  14. I was truly pulling for the kid after he went to rehab the first time and didn’t wanna do the dollar sign thing anymore. Thought he had a reality check but I guess not. Still hoping u can turn your life and career around but the door is almost shut if it hasn’t shut already.

  15. ESPN is officially 0-2 when it comes to ramming/over hyping players down America’s throats. First it was Tebow and then Manziel. One is out of football and the other is right behind him on his way out.

  16. We’ve all stopped caring about this loser. I enjoy entertainment / crash & burn as much as the next guy, but quite frankly this is just boring me to tears…

    All I can say is best of luck to Browns and their dedicated fans to simply move on from Manziel / Gordon as soon as possible.

  17. I out partied him when I was his age and turned out fine. He just needs to grow up. Wouldn’t hurt if daddy cut him off either.

  18. Even “IF” Manziel went to rehab and cleaned up his life, what team in their right mind would sign him? There’s entirely TOO much risk of him slipping back into his destructive behavior to trust him on a NFL roster.

    At this point, he needs to get his life right before he loses it. Football is an after thought.

  19. IF Manziel lives to the age of 40 he will become “Uncle Rico” from Napoleon Dynamite…..”I bet I could throw this football over that mountain”…..as he makes videos of himself scrambling.

  20. As long as he kills himself, I don’t care.

    But he has no right to harm other people.

  21. I’ve had enough of this b.s. I no longer cringe at the latest reports.
    Please spare us the latest updates, there is no hope in the near future.
    He is officially a waste of hope and time.
    He can really be proud when he looks back someday, telling his grandkids what a hot mess he was – now penniless.
    Dumb & Dumber Part III

  22. No Rosenhaus, Johnny has and never will take any steps forward. But boy, Josh Gordon sure has! As long as you can make money off them, you definitely keep him, right? As for your other concerns about Johnny, just fake PR. Pretty transparent, Rosenhaus. Sad.

  23. Drug issues aside, Why begrudge JFF for making about 14mil after taxes and being good with that for rest of his life? He owes nobody anything. He did what he had to do to get paid. NFL is a show, not reality.

  24. nflfan4now says:
    Apr 15, 2016 9:00 AM
    Anyone who knows the disease of addiction knows that treatment doesn’t work unless the person wants it to work. And, usually people don’t want it to work until they hit the rock bottom of their life. Manziel probably has too much money left to hit rock bottom for a while. It might take a tough judge putting him in jail for some of his antics for him to hit bottom.
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    No offense, but I’m tired of hearing about how addiction is a disease. It started as a choice. You know who never suffers addiction problems? The people who choose to not use drugs. That is the whole thing, they are “addicted” to it. They chose to use the drug, and now their body craves it. If it never entered their body, their body wouldn’t be addicted to it. I realize my stance will be thumbed down because I’m just so heartless, but lets stop coddling everyone and creating ways to justify their actions. “Its not poor Johnny’s fault, he has a disease…”. Please. He’s addicted, we get it, but don’t try to lessen that fact by acting like he is some kind of victim. Unless he was born to an addict mother, and came out of the womb addicted, it was a choice. Every choice has repercussions, and some are more harsh than others. I do agree that he has to want help, and has to want to change, but lets stop fooling ourselves, and acting like he is a victim of the “addiction disease”.

  25. Rock bottom for him will be a prison sentence. He will probably never hit rock bottom financially as his family will always provide a “crutch” for him as they have the means to do so. That “crutch mentality” has probably contributed to his bad behavior.

  26. Johnny has crossed into a place where only he can make the changes necessary to become more than a sad footnote. Clearly the more pressure that is levied to push him in one direction results in more defiant behavior in the opposite direction. I watched the same destructive trait in my son when he was twelve years old. Fortunately he grew out of it over many years. Johnny has perhaps eighteen months before his football career is irretrievably ruined. There is no external answer; negative reporting on increasingly rebellious acts serves only to push him into more childish reactions. If he is an addict, he will always be addicted and will need the internal strength to control the addiction. He obviously does not yet have that strength. Pity him but accept that it is his life to ruin.

  27. How long before this kid is living under a bridge….3 years? Maybe 4? Sadly he deserves every bad thing that is going to happen to him the next few years.

  28. o offense, but I’m tired of hearing about how addiction is a disease. It started as a choice. You know who never suffers addiction problems? The people who choose to not use drugs. That is the whole thing, they are “addicted” to it. They chose to use the drug, and now their body craves it. If it never entered their body, their body wouldn’t be addicted to it. I realize my stance will be thumbed down because I’m just so heartless, but lets stop coddling everyone and creating ways to justify their actions. “Its not poor Johnny’s fault, he has a disease…”. Please. He’s addicted, we get it, but don’t try to lessen that fact by acting like he is some kind of victim. Unless he was born to an addict mother, and came out of the womb addicted, it was a choice. Every choice has repercussions, and some are more harsh than others. I do agree that he has to want help, and has to want to change, but lets stop fooling ourselves, and acting like he is a victim of the “addiction disease”.

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    Sure. However, addiction would manifest in other way. Codependent relationships. Gambling. other dangerous behaviors. It’s a predisposition. I don’t make excuses for my junkie sister, but I accepet that her brain is wired differently than mine. There’s alot more going on than a simple physical addiction.

  29. I KNEW this guy was going to be a bust. I always said from the time he got drafted that he was more interested in “the life” (the money, the parties, the girls) than in being a professional football player.

  30. I wanted McCarron over Johnny in the 2014 Draft. Looks like all my players I wanted the Browns to take were 100x better than the morons the Browns took.

    I wanted them to take Watkins or Beckham at 4, they took Justin Gilbert, i wanted Kelvin Benjamon at 22 they took Johnny, i wanted Jeremy Hill in the 2nd round they took Bittonio, who is their best player of the 3.

    I also wanted Julio Jones and they took Phil Taylor. I wanted the Honey Badger, who was taken the very next pick after thw Browns took Leon McFadden.

    I am 100x more qualified to be their GM than the idiots they hire

  31. dynaco says:
    Apr 15, 2016 10:06 AM

    He seems content with swapping white lines on the field with white lines on the mirror.

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    Or kitchen table as the case may be.

  32. fanodawg says:
    Apr 15, 2016 10:04 AM

    Wait…weren’t the Browns idiots for releasing him? Wasn’t Coach Pettine an idiot for not starting him? Hmmmm.
    ————————

    No.

    Yes.

  33. I’ll say what I said about Hardy last week…For a guy who will never play another down in the NFL this site sure gives him a ton of press………..also glad to have my username relevant again, good job JG!

  34. If Rosenhaus is bailing on you, it means you fallen hard. This guy is even worse then Ryan Leaf.

  35. “30 for 30” already in the works. Current behavior is just the sequel. Hollywood couldn’t write better stuff than this idiot.

  36. This guy has been greatly overrated as a player and is a very stupid man.

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    This guy has been greatly overrated as a player and GREATLY UNDERRATED as a very stupid man.

  37. A new SAT question:

    Select which is worse…
    A) stories about Drew Rosenhous
    B) stories about Michael Sam
    C) stories about Johnny-Footnote
    D) stories about Lindsay Lohan

  38. As cynical as it sounds…

    Johnny Manziel is just another human being now, he doesn’t need to be reported on by Pro Football Talk…

    We need to hear about him again if

    1) He’s dead

    0r

    2) He’s back in the league

    Other than that….. the guy isn’t worth wasting time on.

  39. Manziel loves all the attention he is now getting. However none of the hacks understand Manziel does not want to play pro football anymore. Very few wealthy kids do.

  40. He barely made any money playing football. His parents need to cut his financial aid off. It’s their fault. I see similarites between him and afluenza teen that fled to Mexico.

  41. I wonder what my 19yr old uncle might think of this spoilt waste of a 23yr old “kid” called Johnny Manziel – I can’t ask him because he died in 1944, to Japanese machine gun fire, along with the wounded comrade he was carrying across a river in Burma.

  42. The kid does need a guide. There ain’t no more Joe Namaths or Max Magees or Doug Atkins any more. No room in this techno-gossip age.

    Johnny has to learn how to party properly, how to blow out without blowing up. This rehab bunk doesn’t cut it.

    Maybe get some training from a functional party beast like LT or even Kerry Collins. Millions of people do their jobs without anyone knowing they are a party animal.

  43. Steps toward fixing himse?!?

    He hasn’t even made steps down the hall to puke/pizz/poop out last night’s carnage – probably at least one of the three splattered on himself just before he passed out again.

  44. ryan leaf II.

    avoid like the plague. browns were incredibly stupid for drafting him in the 1st place.

    only differences between leaf and manziel are leaf abused Rx drugs vs manziel’s abuse of alcohol and leaf stole more money as he was pre-rookie wage scale.

  45. I think we need to start to accept that Johnny Football is a narcissist who doesn’t want to play football. He played football because it fed his ego and gave him the attention that he craved. But now, he’s a millionaire, and he can surround himself with sycophants and get the attention he craves with his money, whether he plays football or not. He doesn’t need football anymore. Only when he is out of money or on the verge of losing his freedom will he humble himself and start feeling sorry for what he did to his own life.

  46. I heard that the KC Chiefs had talked to him when it looked like Smith wasn’t going to work out. The community backlash was absolutely horrific. It’s too bad that some teams have a definition of success that doesn’t include public relations at all levels.

  47. What do you mean,”he hasn’t taken any meaningful steps”? Trashing a rented house (to the tune of $32k) and being found unconscious amidst a pile of coke and a bag of mushrooms, I think, is taking a HUGE, meaningful step………. right outta the NFL.

  48. The best thing for him right now is to be convicted of domestic violence, sentenced to 6 months in jail to prevent him from partying and drinking. After he gets out in 6 months, see where his head is. If still screwed up, everyone should be done with him and walk away.

  49. Every time I open PFT I wince thinking I will see the headline “Manziel found dead.”

  50. Spot on, igwaybwekay – this moron proved he’s a self-absorbed narcissist when he called himself “Billy” in Las Vegas while bailing on his teammates and coaches.

    If he wanted to fly under the radar, disguised, he would have picked David, or Brian, or Brandon — nope, the clown had to be his own alter-ego.

  51. Like Donald Trump this kid is too stupid to Recognize common sense or the truth! Johnnys father has also tried to do an intervention but he won’t listen. Can’t help someone that won’t accept it

  52. Johnny has since asked the patent on the following names:

    Johnny Boozer
    Johnny Coke Head
    Johnny Partying Machine
    Johnny Trash the Roomer
    Johnny I don’t need the NFL
    Johnny Don’t Tell Me To Be A Grown Up
    Johnny I don’t Have To Follow Any Rules
    Johnny “MuckUp”
    Johnny (whatever else you want to add to the growing list)

  53. You know you’re a mess when when you’re getting the “tough love” treatment from Drew Rosenhaus.

  54. What a sleeze. I would dump the guy but if I can get one more dime from a contract for this bozo I aint passing on it. Unless he goes to jail and it looks like I’m out in the cold then I will boldly state I am not his agent anymore.
    What a piece of work.

  55. Manziels dream is to play in primetime on Monday Night Football and during the introductions say “Johny Manziel, Blue Mountain State”….I like watching this DBAG fail

  56. In my humble opinion, I personally don’t believe the hype. In other words, the Press will do WHAT EVER POSSIBLE to find a hot topic, even if it means strewing truth to the point of lies. It’s been done and will continue to be done. Half of you folks are like cattle following what the mainstream media wants you to believe and you’re falling for multimedia sensationalism.

    Johnny Football is a victim of tabloid frenzy, plain and simple, i can see it a mile away..these tabloid sites are worse than ravenous wolves and will do ANYTHING to bring in the quick bucks even if it means making someone look far worse than what he or she really is.

    I feel sorry for Manziel though, I don’t think the kid is as bad as what the news makes him out to be. In no way am I suggesting he’s innocent or some angel but man…give the kid room to grow into his own. If it takes learning the hard way, like most of us, so be it. It’s his life. I find the NFL itself far more sinister and deceitful in nature for the simple fact they denied the concussion facts made by Dr. Bennet Omalu, they literally tried to ruin that man’s medical career. So, there are bigger fish inside and outside of the NFL that need to be put before Manziel…sheesh, The hypocrites in this world is astonishing and there are quite a few in this thread posting.

    And all you A-holes judging this kid, give it a rest, it’s his life and besides we all went through our party phase, no?

    Those without sin, cast the first stone. Oh wait, you already did!!

  57. He needs to make new friends. Young guy suddenly has lots of money becomes the go to party guy. When the money runs out, depending how quickly his “pals” can go through it, he might still be young enough to get a second chance, but he’s got to grow up first.

  58. Stick a fork in this guy. He’s done. He was out of control at A&M and Wilson did nothing. Still out of control.

  59. Manziel doesn’t care about playing in the NFL. Any idiot knew this after he went to Vegas in a disguise. Rosenhaus is just trying to save face.

  60. It doesn’t appear Johnny Trainwreck has hit bottom yet. That’ll probably happen once he ends up in jail and becomes a wide receiver. give it a year.

  61. Forget Football! This kid won’t get help until HE’S ready to get help. Period. He hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. He’s just not ready to get off of the “Party Bus”. And he is still hanging out with the people that are enabling him…..his party buddies (that includes you, Josh Gordon.)

    It might help if his parents would just cut him off. Or a decent amount of jail time might do it, but that would probably mean some innocent person would get hurt or worse, killed, by this jerk.

    I don’t have any confidence that this kid will figure it out until something really bad happens. Then…..it’ll be way too late.

  62. There was literally a pic of him rolling up a dollar bill in the bathroom of a bar and the Browns still drafted him in the first round.

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