I don’t know Johnny Manziel, but there’s an observation I can make: There are addicts, there are silver spooners who have never faced the consequences of their actions, and then there’s a combination of both. Manziel likes to party. We know that much. He reportedly went into rehab to save his job with the Browns last year, but since then has not been shy about drinking in public, on Snapchats and videos in general. And now, since a police report came out that alleged he hit his ex-girlfriend, his dad is worried:
“”I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.
On Friday, Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt also voiced concern for Manziel and announced that he is terminating their professional relationship.
The family first tried Saturday afternoon to get Manziel, 23, to agree to go to the Enterhealth Ranch addiction facility in Van Alstyne, but he would not stay. That attempt came the day after Manziel’s former girlfriend alleged in a police report that he hit her repeatedly at a Dallas hotel and while driving her home to Fort Worth on Jan. 29. Manziel has not been charged in the incident, but a Fort Worth Police helicopter searched the area for him.
Paul Manziel said that he tried to have his son admitted Tuesday to Carrollton Springs Hospital, but that Johnny was allowed to leave. Paul Manziel said that he is upset that his son was allowed to walk away after Paul told a Denton County Sheriff officer that he believed Johnny to be suicidal.”
At some point after allegedly leaving Carrolton Springs Hospital, Manziel talked to TMZ and said he was fine and denied hitting his girlfriend, though he said he’s “stable … safe and secure,” which doesn’t sound like a thing a stable person says. Paul Manziel also told police at that time that “he had seen his son and his son was doing fine, according to the police report.” Paul steps in to make sure Johnny doesn’t get in trouble.
I don’t know if Johnny Manziel has a drinking problem, some kind of personality disorder, or what. But after a lifetime of getting away with whatever he wanted (and being enabled to do so), it’s not gonna be easy to step in as his Dad now and demand he changes things up. I hope he gets the help he needs, but maybe Paul should’ve seen this coming and prevented it from getting to the point where “they” need to do something.