Johnny Manziel is used to getting mocked these days, but it's hard to imagine he would expect rapper Drake to be the one delivering the punchlines. That's exactly what happened on Wednesday night though at ESPN's awards show, The ESPYs.
Drake was at the awards show acting as the guest host, and he did a great job. An 11-minute monologue was greeted with endless laughter from the audience, which was made up of predominantly US athletes from various sports.
Johnny Manziel was one of the many topics that Drake covered during The ESPYs monologue. LeBron James's move to Cleveland naturally came up, as did ESPN's Body Issue, Lance Stephenson's LeBron ear blow, and the Donald Sterling saga.
LeBron takes limelight
But one moment that will live long in the memory for Johnny Manziel, who wasn't in attendance, will be the moment that Drake took to mocking the Cleveland Browns' quarterback in a tongue in cheek way.
Drake brought up the subject of LeBron's return to Cleveland and explained that Manziel won't be happy about the return. This is because Manziel all of a sudden goes "from being the biggest thing in Cleveland to just a guy that lives in Cleveland."
Pretty standard comedy stuff from Drake, who delivered his monologue with a great deal of skill that had the audience in hysterics.
However, Drake went further and proceeded to rip Manziel in other ways. Obviously tongue in cheek again, but could he have gone too far? Make your own conclusion.
"I love me some Johnny Football baby I do. But it's just I worry about him sometimes. For example like right before I came out here, I got a text from him asking me if I wanted to do mushrooms and watch The ESPYs together tonight.
"So Johnny I hope you understand now why I couldn't come. But I imagine this looks amazing to you right now," Drake quipped in the video below from the 2:25 minute mark.
Johnny Manziel and Drake are actually great friends in reality. The rapper has spoken before on ESPN's First Take with Stephen A.Smith and Skip Bayless about his love for Manziel.
The two are regularly partying together, and Manziel and Drake were pictured out and about following the NFL Draft in May.
But when does bad publicity actually become bad publicity for Manziel? During a time when he's seeking endorsements, when does comments like this from his friend on primetime TV actually become detrimental to his reputation?
The video below is of him in his first commercial for Nissan.
Now what do Nissan think of the weed references in The ESPYs monologue? There are two ways they could look at it really. Either it's bad for them to be associated with a player with this reputation, or the more likely one, that actually it's good to be linked with a player who has the privilege of getting a mention in the monologue of a huge awards show.
All publicity is good publicity I guess.
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