Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver, Michael Irvin has spoken out on the Johnny Manziel saga. T
The former Cowboy stated that Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, can "bring the king out of the kid, because every kid has a king inside.....and Jerry Jones can do that," in a TMZ interview.
Irvin continued, "Cleveland don't have any damn body that can do that. They trying to save their own life, forget about saving his (Manziel)."
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Irvin played at the University of Miami, nicknamed, "Thug U" after a large number of players from the school were arrested for drugs and other offenses. Irvin went on to play for Jones and the Dallas Cowboys where he was reunited with his college coach, Jimmy Johnson, during their impressive three Super Bowl run during the 1990s.
Irvin's troubles with drugs were well known and culminated in a hotel in 1996 when the room was raided by police. He pled no contest and received 800 hours of community service. Irvin credits Jones with helping him turn his life around and kick the drug habit. Irvin retired in 1999 following a spinal injury that left him temporarily paralyzed. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Irvin has been an outspoken fixture at ESPN where he co-hosted NFL Primetime and more recently, joining the NFL Network. He has also captained Pro Bowl teams since the NFL changed the format of the game to allow former players to pick the teams.
Recently, Irvin has collided with another Hall of Fame Receiver, Chris Carter. During the NFL investigation of Browns receiver, Josh Gordon, Carter said to ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, "My situation was very, very similar. If I'm the Cleveland Browns -- and it's gut-wrenching for me to say this -- I really think that the only thing that's going to help the kid is if they release him."
Like Irvin, Carter had battled substance abuse during his career and claims, what helped him was being released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Irvin disagreed with Carter, "Now, isolation for Cris may have been the best thing. Separation, for Cris, may have been the best thing. For Josh, maybe it's the worst thing.", Irvin told Dan Lebatard. Irvin concluded, "His ass is out of line now. He is out. of. line.".
With the recent news that Manziel's agent has dropped him and that Manziel's father told the Dallas Morning News, “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” and considering Lebron James' group has parted ways with the troubled quarterback, no one should place blame on the Browns.
The blame lies with Johnny Manziel. He can choose to stop or he can choose to keep partying. The Browns have given him opportunities, including supporting him through a three month rehab stint last year.
Reports continue to show that many people in Johnny's circle have tried to help and it appears many of them are heading for life boats before the Manziel ship sinks.