It’s been a long, hard decline for NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel — and now we’re just hoping he gets the help he needs.
The former Cleveland Browns QB has officially been dropped as a client by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, five days after Rosenhaus gave Manziel an ultimatum to go to rehab and get clean, or walk away from the business partnership.
Manziel, who has had repeated drug and crime issues off the field in his tenure as an NFL quarterback, did not check into a treatment facility of any kind; so now Rosenhaus officially walked away from his now former client.
Last Wednesday, Rosenhaus initially handed down the ultimatum:
“I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him, that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”
Rosenhaus has never before fired a player in his 27 years as an agent, according to ESPN.
It’s but one part of a much longer saga for Manziel, who starred as a football player at Texas A&M University before being drafted by the Browns and held up with high expectations to turn the team around as a future star.
Manziel spent ten weeks at a treatment facility for drug addiction after his rookie season in the NFL, the first sign something was amiss — and the first reveal that he allegedly had serious problems with alcohol, cocaine, and other substances.
More recently, a grand jury in Dallas, Texas is expected to rule on whether or not the former QB should be charged with assault in an open domestic violence case from January.
In that incident, Manziel’s ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused the football player of striking her back in January, and eventually reported him to police as a threat to himself and others, forcing Dallas cops to go on a manhunt for the athlete.
Prosecutors are presenting evidence to the grand jury for that case on Thursday; ESPN reports the grand jury could come back as soon as Monday with a recommendation on whether to bring charges.
That incident, as well as other run-ins with the law and repeated alcohol and drug abuse allegations, caused Manziel’s first agent, Erik Burkhardt, to fire him back in February.
Rosenhaus picked him up as a client at that point, and despite the Browns releasing the quarterback in early March, the new agent obviously felt like he could find Manziel a job with another team ahead of this season.
Now, once again, that looks increasingly unlikely.
Above all, we just hope Johnny gets right with his health and whatever alcohol or drug issues have persisted over the last few years.
Playing football, and the business of the sport, are obviously secondary to what he’s facing when it comes to turning his life around.
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