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Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment

Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered treatment Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason,” Brad Beckworth, a friend and adviser of Manziel’s, said in a statement. “On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”635584703107290083-USATSI-8285969

The Northeast Ohio Media Group first reported the news. Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer also issued a statement: “We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process,” Farmer said. “Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”

Manziel’s partying since joining the Browns was easily followed by millions on social media. Perhaps most memorably, he was seen chugging champagne while floating on an inflatable swan before his rookie season and later slurring words into a stack of bills he pretended was a huge cellphone. But despite the notoriety, Manziel didn’t unseat Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer until the team was essentially eliminated from playoff contention late in the season.

Despite the hype surrounding his promotion, Manziel was highly ineffective in both of his starts and left the second with a hamstring injury in Week 16, his final appearance of the season. He threw for 175 yards as a rookie with zero touchdown passes and two interceptions. He did rush for his first NFL score during mop-up duty in Week 13. And as the Browns season ended Manziel admitted he should have worked harder. “I’m not the Johnny Manziel that came in here a year ago,” he said. “It’s been a year of growing up for me. This is a job for me now. I have to take this a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first still going home and doing whatever I was doing in the offseason.”