The Cleveland Browns have banned all national media from their practice facility for the duration of the team's rookie camp, according to the New York Post.
"Wow, the Browns told me the national media is barred from their rookie minicamp this weekend due to the team's "tight grip" on Manziel...Browns PR director told me: "We don't want this to be a Tebow situation. It's not going to be Johnny Football Mania out there."
One of the criticisms of Manziel, if you can call it that, was the media circus and subsequent distractions which would undoubtedly follow the most exciting player in college football.
However, the Cleveland Browns must surely have known all this before selecting the former Texas A&M quarterback with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. To take such a step as to ban all non-local media from the facility seems a little extreme.
A media embargo will not affect the media circus which will definitely envelop Cleveland once the serious football starts. Manziel, as the new face of the franchise will be in high demand and his every move scrutinized.
The Browns may be able to protect themselves and him from the media for the short duration of mini camp, but once the regular season starts Manziel will become the media darling once again.