Johnny Manziel denies party rumor but Browns owner fails to back him

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Johnny Manziel, when welcomed into the NFL by Roger Goodell as the 22nd pick of the 2014 Draft back in May, was already no stranger to the headlines.

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The former Texas A&M quarterback must have been hoping to write plenty more during his rookie season but, while he has never been too far from the back (more often front) pages in recent months, the stories have largely been on the negative side.

Of course the latest rumor doing the rounds has seen the QB accused of hosting a party, which a number of Cleveland Browns players are said to have attended, on the Friday night before the team's final game of the season.

Manziel, who was fined for turning up late for treatment on his injured hamstring the morning after said party, has though today denied that he ever hosted such a get together - flatly ruling out the idea that Josh Gordon, who was suspended for the season finale, had been present.

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When speaking on the subject Manziel did admit that he had been out late on the Friday evening with friends, a decision that caused him to be late for treatment.

In what seems to have been an epiphany a long time coming the Browns quarterback admitted he must "stop acting like a jackass," before making clear the options that lay before him as he heads into the offseason.

Losing faith

After a season dogged by partying, tardiness and general off-field antics it appeared that Johnny Manziel's rookie campaign would end on a high note when he was handed the starting role in week 15. 

Just one and a half games (and two interceptions and zero touchdowns) later and Manziel's season was over through injury.

With Bryan Hoyer's future in Cleveland uncertain Manziel still has the opportunity to win the starting berth for 2015 but Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hardly gave glowing endorsement on the player on Sunday evening.

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