Johnny Manziel opening up about past problems

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Johnny Manziel wants to get back into football, somewhere.

And he knows that will include rehabbing his image, among other things.

The failed Browns first-rounder taped an interview for ABC’s Good Morning America, and talked about his struggles.

“I was self-medicating with alcohol, that’s what I thought would make me happy and get out of that depression to a point where I felt like I had some sense of happiness,” Manziel said, via KTRK. “At the end of the day, when I would wake up the next day after a night like that going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that is all gone, that liquid courage or that liquid like sense of euphoria that is over you, is all gone.

“You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself and in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life, what did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?”

The full interview is airing this morning.

Manziel had an offer in the CFL, but hasn’t agreed to a contract, and his agent said if they didn’t reach one they’d explore other opportunities.

44 responses to “Johnny Manziel opening up about past problems

  1. He’ll never return to the NFL. He blew what chance he had, and
    I don’t think he ever NFL QB talent.

  2. Glad to see he’s possibly on the road to recovery. Can’t help but wonder if it’s all just a PR stunt to make his name relevant again like Clownin K did.

  3. He didn’t sign with the CFL because he wanted to see if this interview would get him a shot at the NFL.

    If it doesn’t, he’ll sign with the CFL.

    It’s so obvious it’s pathetic.

  4. It was immaturity as much as it was the booze (and drugs). When you fail to show up on time for a job that pays millions, its safe to say that your priorities are not in order.

  5. The guy was given every opportunity to succeed – but could not find it within himself to seize the day.

    That suggests a moral failing — those are spots on the horse that do not change.

    Manziel has fallen to his dark side. In that respect, he is one and done.

  6. The one thing to remember is that addicts are very accomplished liars, and this interview is another one. They can’t help it until they truly kick the habits.

  7. Having a privileged upbringing won’t keep you out of the depression club. Self awareness is the first step.

  8. He’s appealing to NFL teams because he couldn’t come to terms on an agreement with the Tiger-Cats, who just signed another QB. Manziel clearly wanted more money than they were willing to offer and in true Johnny fashion he chose to walk rather than earn a paycheck. The ironic thing about all this is he’s not even that good of a quarterback.

  9. I hate to say this because alcoholism is awful, but this kid is Waaaaay more fraud than alcoholic. Knows what to say to get himself who knows how many chances. Reeks of a spoiled kid who’s ALWAYS gotten what he wanted.

  10. Yeah, poor me, privileged white guy…comes from a wealthy family, is very smart, but just is so depressed. What a crock. Self medicating, what another crock. Now we have to listen to this whiney crybaby talk about how he has seen the light.

  11. “The guy was given every chance to succeed – but could not find it within himself to seize the day. That suggests a moral failing – those are spots on the horse that do not change”.

    You believe that addiction is a moral issue? That depression is a moral issue? Obviously you are one of those people who believe that there are never external factors that render a person unable to “seize the day”.

    The morality police believe that willpower is all that is necessary to overcome conditions that have been conclusively proven to be medical issues.

  12. jade429 says:
    February 12, 2018 at 7:23 am
    I believe that everyone deserve a second chance.

    I agree, but it has to be earned. So this guy has to go through a process to do that. And its not just a few ‘say all the right things’ moments here and there, he will have to maintain that earning process consistently and over time. He has to first work hard to be an assett to a team somewhere. That alone will be a tough hurdle. After that he just needs to keep building. If he keeps it up long enough its possible (sorry no guarantees) that after a lot of hard work and also some fortune of circumstances that create an opportunity, he might get his second shot at the NFL.

  13. Well Mr. Manziel talk is cheap. It’s all up to you to grow up and put your demons to rest. I wish you well. Seems to me the CFL is a great proving ground……

  14. A rich guy with depression? Imagine being an average guy struggling to succeed in life. That’s depressing.

  15. He is also getting poor advise from whoever this agent is that fired him, then took him back because he has no other clients. He has no leverage and should have signed in CFL by now. There are no guarantees in Canada either buddy…SAD

  16. Here’s hoping that he sees past his agent’s games and gets a contract so that he can resurrect some hope of self esteem.

    I am no fan, because of the immature and ignorant way that he has acted. However, if he gets a contract in CA, I hope he does well with it. This is a young guy who has a long long long life ahead of him if it is all about shame.

  17. No need to open up. Everyone already knows his problems. Everyone already knows how many chances he got. Only chance he had back into the NFL was to play CFL and light it up.

    Everyone deserves a chance to make things right but he needs to step up first.

  18. Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced?

    For me that shows he’s getting some form of treatment that he needs and that in of itself is encouraging.

  19. Realistically, he’s got two choices:

    1. Live off the money you made so far and whatever family money you have. Get a job if you want (speaking tour? volunteer?); but if you haven’t blown through your money already, you have more than most people will make in a lifetime. You can live well on that kind of money. Not “employed NFL QB” well, but well enough.

    2. If you want to take whatever slim chance you have left at the NFL, and the CFL will take you – GO. Earning your way back is the only way back. If you don’t want to do that, see option 1.

  20. First of all, Manziel was never going to make it in the NFL. He just wasn’t. BUT, having said that, I am all for second chances. He should get himself back in football shape and go play in the CFL. He bet he could have a long prosperous career in the CFL.

  21. Johnny was electric at A&M and even in his limited amount of games. He made a lot of mistakes off the field and it sounds like he realizes that. I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to see him get another shot. Too many negative people in this world.

  22. CFL is the best place for his return. He will learn to be a passer the way Flutie, Moon and Theismann did. He needs to not think immediate $$’s, if wants a chance back at NFL this is it. He should negotiate his contract based on ticket sales which would be fair to all parties.

  23. I doubt it was anything other than his immaturity that fueled his drinking. I’m not buying the depression excuse. At what time did he ever look like he was depressed. I’m not discounting the effects of depression–I just don’t think that’s what his problem was. Using that as an excuse is pathetic. “Self-medicating” with alcohol? As another poster said, liars are very good at being believable. How many times have we heard him say something just to get people to believe him only for him to be lying through his teeth. I’m not buying it. He’s at the point where he has to walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. He’s like the boy who cried “wolf”.

  24. If you get really drunk, one of the first symptoms of coming down is a feeling of crushing depression and guilt. Feel bad for him if you want, but it sounds like he is a legitimate alcoholic who hasn’t come to terms with it yet. Hopefully he will

  25. gauchosporlife said:”
    A rich guy with depression? Imagine being an average guy struggling to succeed in life. That’s depressing.”


    Anyone can suffer from mental illness, it doesn’t matter what their income level is. The sad part, is that so many people don’t get the treatment they need.

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