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Where has it all gone wrong for Johnny Manziel?

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After being cut by the Cleveland Browns, many would've expected Johnny Manziel to finally realise that he needs to change his ways and get a little more serious regarding his decisions and how they impact upon his football career.

Instead, Johnny spent the ensuing week after his dismissal going out night after night at some of Los Angeles' and Las Vegas' hottest bars and clubs with some rather questionable company including Scott Disick, hardly a man known for his positive influence on people. 

Manziel has been nothing but trouble since he entered the league, turning up drunk for practice and late for meetings on numerous occasions and recently being involved in a domestic violence issue with his ex-girlfriend.


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The Browns were very patient with the young signal caller, but Hue Jackson's appointment as head coach has brought an inevitable end to Johnny's time in Cleveland. At the end of the day, his on-field play has just not been worth all the struggles brought by his problems off the field, and it just seems as though he has no intention of changing his behaviour. 

Despite entering rehab last offseason, employing an old high school coach as a live-in mentor and moving out of his inner city apartment to a quieter place in the suburbs, he is still displaying the same immature and reckless behaviour. 

The situation is becoming less and less about football and more about a young man who may have a serious problem that could become life threatening unless something drastic changes soon. His own father has even come out and said that unless something changes, his son may not reach his next birthday. That is a very sad realisation for a father and shows that there is concern about Johnny amongst those closest to him and that despite the efforts of these people he continues to do the same things.

It is, even more, saddening that Johnny himself still believes he will be in the NFL next season as he has said many times in interviews this past month. Many have tried to reach out to Manziel to offer him help, even Lebron James tried and could not get through to him and thus Lebron's management agency dropped Manziel as a client. 

After instances like this, you would think he would come to the realisation that he needs to alter something in his life but as long as he is being enabled by football to carry on playing he will continue to do the same things. His college career catapulted him into a life of fame and he would often go out drinking and partying during his time at Texas A&M and got away with it simply because he was able to perform at such a high level on game day.

The NFL is different though. Talent alone gets you nowhere and there is no room for players to slack off particularly when you are the quarterback. Johnny Manziel is not behaving like a quarterback, he is not being a leader and he is not doing all he can do to be the best football player he can be.

He does have the talent to play in this league, but he will never succeed unless somebody gets this kid help and forces him to change his approach to his career his story could fast become one of desperation and sadness on a human level, never mind football. 

Johnny needs help and time away from the game to decide if he really wants to do what it takes to be a quarterback in the NFL, and the best thing the NFL can do is not give him the opportunity to come back for a while. Do not enable him to continue living the life he is living, take things away and see how he reacts do adversity, something he has never had to face on this scale.

Above all things Johnny is a human being who is crying out for help through his actions, it would be a real shame to see such a talented person go to waste and I really hope someone is able to get to him before it is too late.

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