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Johnny Manziel has had many critics, but not many of them could have been much more brutal than the comment of former Browns player AJ Ward on Wednesday.

Ward never played with Manziel, but he revealed that many of his old teammates Cleveland had been letting slip how messed up the former Texas A&M quarterback is these days.

Safe to say that Ward’s comments were explosive, and almost immediately a current Browns player, center Alex Mack, rushed to the defense of Manziel by stating his belief in the dual-threat signal caller going forward.

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Harmful comments 

First of all though, let’s get the thoughts of AJ Ward, so we can put Mack’s response into context.

"I still keep in contact with a lot of people out in Cleveland and they give me a little backstory about what's going on sometimes," Ward told The Sports Show, via The Denver Post.

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"They just really don't know if he's the man or not, basically, and they're trying to get him to mature up and be that guy, but can he?"

Manziel was a genius at Texas A&M in his college days, going to win the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman. He was already top billing before he reached the big time, but a year with the Browns brought plenty of turbulence. He got his customary rushing touchdown, but he also massively flattered to deceive.

Mack's defense of Manziel

Then, after a torrid rookie season, it was revealed that he was headed for rehab. We still don’t know even now whether Manziel will be the back-up quarterback for Cleveland in the 2015 NFL season, but regardless of the uncertainties and Ward’s negatively comments, Alex Mack, arguably Cleveland’s best player last season, says he’s sticking by Manziel.

What do you make of Ward’s comments on Manziel and Mack’s response? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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