Johnny Manziel says his 2015 in-season trip to Vegas was “selfish” and “childish”

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Johnny Manziel continued his rehabilitation tour Wednesday as he seeks a comeback. The former Heisman Trophy winner went on Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins’ podcast, The ThomaHawk Show, and opened up about his infamous “Billy Manziel” bender in Las Vegas.

Manziel was in concussion protocol, supposedly in Cleveland receiving treatment the night before the Browns’ 2015 season finale, when he was spotted in Las Vegas wearing a blonde wig, a fake mustache, glasses and a hoodie while introducing himself as “Billy.”

“It’s to the point in time where I’m able to look back, reflect, know that it was a mistake, know that I made some really childish, immature decisions,” Manziel said on the podcast, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This decision that I made, what a complete lack of respect for guys like Joe T. What a complete lack of respect for an organization that was trying to stick by me even with having a concussion at this point in time. What a complete selfish decision.”

Four days before the Las Vegas fiasco, Manziel admitted he showed up at the facility “loopy,” speculating it was a combination of the concussion and alcohol.

“I walk into the meeting for probably like 15 seconds and I’m like, ‘Nope. No way is this going to happen. My head is loopy,'” Manziel said.

49 responses to “Johnny Manziel says his 2015 in-season trip to Vegas was “selfish” and “childish”

  1. no one will ever convince me how this repeat criminal is more qualified to return to the NFL than Colin Kaepernick.

    America, you’ve got all your priorities messed up and the world laughs and laughs.

  2. Manziel screwed every Browns fan like me big time. It’s easy for anyone to say “Told you so” after the fact but if he would of kept out of trouble and off the drugs I bet he would still be starting for the Browns. It’s a shame because he was so fun to watch in college.

    On a side note, Manziel and Baker Mayfield only have a few things in common. They are Heisman winners, white, 6’0 tall and play quarterback. That’s it between them. So for anyone comparing the two you can stop now.

  3. Johnny could refund his salary for that season to the Browns as a true show of contrition for his bad conduct.

  4. Uhhhh, yeah!

    Everyone else came to that conclusion at the time. It took him two-plus years to realize this?

    He’d better also realize that his making a team other than as a side freak-show is slim-to-nil.

  5. Manziel should be doing prison time for assault (at bars, protected by his posse) and domestic battery on his girlfriend. But his family’s oil billions and consequent political ties kept him free.

  6. The problem with a guy like Manziel who’s been talking and trying to charm his way out of every situation he’s put himself into since the beginning is that there’s no room left to trust his words. And he already got more than enough chances for action.

  7. His account of that entire trip is disturbing. I wouldn’t call it childish because even most children could have made better decisions than he did.

    He chose to go to Vegas to check in on “his house”. He only intended to be there for a few hours. But he got distracted by the craps table. And then he drank a little. And before he knew it, it was morning. Oh, and he knew he had been spotted. So he went out and got a disguise. He eventually makes it back to Cleveland. But he’s already missed the previous evening’s scheduled rehab appt. And now he has less than a hour to get back to the team. He determines he can’t make it. Instead of calling in he decides to have a nap. He figures he will deal with it later. He wakes up at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and now realizes he’s in deep doo-doo.

    What a mental midget.

  8. irkjames says:
    February 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    no one will ever convince me how this repeat criminal is more qualified to return to the NFL than Colin Kaepernick.

    America, you’ve got all your priorities messed up and the world laughs and laughs.

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    Where did you get that Manziel being allowed back into the NFL? Manziel is looking to play in a lower level league to prove himself. Kaep should consider the same but he seems intent on trying to sue his way back instead. As things stand right now neither is considered worthy of a spot on an NFL roster.

  9. But but but JohnnyParty said his offseason activities would have ZERO EFFECT on him when the season starts. Pretty sad when even Jerry Jones passed on him lol no sympathy for Cleveland 1.2 as every wound is always self inflicted.

  10. If anyone here is a parent …

    You know fake apologies and “saying the right stuff” before it even happens.

  11. I occasionally run into old friends that I haven’t seen in over 2 decades. Although we might be heavier, greyer, balder, have different careers, and have families, I am always amazed that our core personalities are still basically the same as they were in 1995. The reliable guys are still reliable, the goofy guys are still goofy, the shady guys are still shady. People can change but from my experiences it is rare.

  12. Like a chameleon, he’ll be whatever you want him to be. But after the meeting is over he reverts to the real Johnny football, and that’s not a very nice person. He already has several incidents just in the past two months.

  13. I listed to the podcast and it was pretty entertaining and intimate as if you were overhearing Hawkins,Thomas & Manziel next to you at a bar. The disappointing thing was the way they recounted things so dispassionately and joking at losing it only confirmed what I suspected,that to them it’s just a job and fans care more than the players. Or maybe that’s just the Cleveland Browns where it’s best player could not lead and hold other players accountable and now gives them a forum to laugh about the losing.

  14. As a product of Texas and from an oil baron family, Johnny was coddled his whole life and excused for every transgression because of Affluenza. Texas set the precedent that rich kids can get away with anything by legalizing and coining the term, Affluenza. If you’re a big time football star, you can get away with even more. Jerry Jones has reinforced that with the party atmosphere he set up with the Cowboys and protecting guys like Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott.

  15. And Jerrah still gets no credit for passing on this bum – the two words Johnny heard from the Dallas draft room – “Zack Martin”. And what a pick it was – he has been a stud. Manziel? He has been a dud – actually even worse.

    It was too bad Cleveland chose to waste a draft pick on this immature, entitled man-child. The writing was on the wall, however, and Cleveland chose very poorly and wasted a late first round pick. It is too bad, too, as the Cleveland fan base has had enough hardships to endure the past 40+ years.

  16. Just go to Canada and play! You are not going to be in the NFL for a while
    give it a rest. Yea we here you you want to make things right. Fine.

    Go to Canada play don’t screw up and see what happens.

    Constant interviews and apologies are not going to help you at this point.

  17. jeez Johnny, da ya think?

    You had your chance and you blew it, will you even sniff a second chance? Depends on how it works out in Canada and the best part about that, we wouldn’t have to listen to you in the press anymore.

  18. granadafan says:

    As a product of Texas and from an oil baron family, Johnny was coddled his whole life and excused for every transgression because of Affluenza. Texas set the precedent that rich kids can get away with anything by legalizing and coining the term, Affluenza. If you’re a big time football star, you can get away with even more. Jerry Jones has reinforced that with the party atmosphere he set up with the Cowboys and protecting guys like Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott.
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    I understand that Texas is the most prosperous and economically successful state, but do you think only Texas has rich kids?

  19. Only one thing I dislike more than an arrogant talent-less player. That’s an arrogant talent-less player who lies.
    That’s Johnny Busto in a nutshell.

  20. Hard to tell from that story whether it is childish behavior or serious mental health problems that led to such strange and erratic series of decisions and actions. It seems that Manziel has been medically confirmed as having a serious mental illness which makes his playing professional football at a high level kind of difficult at best. I am not sure how he will excel in Canada with such a serious diagnosis but the best of luck to him in moving on in life and getting better.

  21. irkjames says:
    February 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    no one will ever convince me how this repeat criminal is more qualified to return to the NFL than Colin Kaepernick.

    America, you’ve got all your priorities messed up and the world laughs and laughs.
    _____________________________
    No one can convince the delusional like you. They BOTH screwed up their careers by making moronic and selfish decisions. Manziel seems to have realized it while Kaepernick and his crying-chorus have yet to do so.

  22. The Kaepernick comparison by one commenter here is hilarious. Manziel and Kaepernick are both responsible for the demise of their NFL careers. Neither has anyone to blame but himself. At this point it appears that Manziel might be closer to figuring this out than Kaepernick.

    Manziel still has a LOT of work to do before he’ll be given another chance. Kaepernick would be signed this offseason if he had enough humility to admit his arrogant idiotic behavior was out of line, and if he apologized to our nation’s law enforcement officers. We won’t be holding our breath waiting for that to happen.

  23. Why doesn’t this tool apply to be skip Bayless personal assistant on his floundering tv show? Bayless is forever a laughingstock on his manziel predictions

  24. This guy is also trying to sabotage his only chance of playing football again (in the cfl) by demanding to be the highest paid player in the league despite not having played a down of football in years.

  25. Manziel will make a difference in the CFL, and yes it might be a lower over-all level of quality athletes, but some awesome players in the league. His comeback will be great for the CFL and the Tiger Cats will have a packed house every game whether at home or on the road. Why is everyone so negative, give him a chance to play. We pay to see entertainment and if he brings his A game its going to be a lot of fun to watch.

    Gee wiz its really sad to have to watch players like Case Kenum at QB. That is a pure example of an awesome team making an extremely average QB look great. Put Johnny on the Vikings and its time for a Super Bowl to roll into Minnesota.

  26. Johnny Football must be crestfallen knowing that Mike Glennon is suddenly available and standing in the way of his resurrection.

  27. twmp420 says:

    February 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Just go to Canada and play! You are not going to be in the NFL for a while
    give it a rest. Yea we here you you want to make things right. Fine.

    ***************
    While he may be on Hamilton’s negociation list, he’s not anywhere near a deal. He wants more money than established veteran when the only thing he has proven in the pros is that he royally screwed up.

    But regardless whether he’s in Canada or the U.S., no one will trust this guy.

  28. irkjames says:
    February 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    no one will ever convince me how this repeat criminal is more qualified to return to the NFL than Colin Kaepernick.

    America, you’ve got all your priorities messed up and the world laughs and laughs.

    ————–

    Is Johhny returning to the NFL? I will grant you that the chances if this are much higher than those of Kaep returning. The league has seen what Kaep can do and it wasn’t worth his baggage. At lease with Manziel there is still a potential that he could be a good football player.

  29. And it only took 2 years for him to come to this realization? Manziel needs to realize that he isn’t going to be able to talk his way back into the NFL. And that Spring league thing with 2 scrimmages isn’t going to do it either. He will need to go to the CFL and play like Doug Flutie if he wants back in the NFL!

  30. Michael E says:February 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    I understand that Texas is the most prosperous and economically successful state, but do you think only Texas has rich kids?
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    The most economically successful state is California.

  31. It also showed clearly for all the world to see that he didn’t care about anything for football. He only cared about himself and “living the life”.

  32. We’ll always have that time he got sacked and slid 10 yards backwards on his back like the physics engine of the game broke. Makes it all worth it.

  33. Michael E says:
    February 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    granadafan says:

    Texas set the precedent that rich kids can get away with anything by legalizing and coining the term, Affluenza.

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

    I understand that Texas is the most prosperous and economically successful state, but do you think only Texas has rich kids?

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

    I believe the point is that Texas is the only state where Ethan Couch stood trial.

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