Johnny Manziel’s fall from a potential poster boy for the NFL to an unemployed, problematic wreck couldn’t have been predicted by anyone.
The free agent, drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, was supposed to lead the Cleveland Browns out of their doldrum years and into an era of success.
But he was released in March after a slew of off-the-field problems, including drinking issues and a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.
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It’s not a question of when the former Texas A&M quarterback will return to the field, but if. He promised to sober up on July 1 and appears to have stuck by his word, which is pleasing.
Yet that hasn’t stopped one clearance store in Pennsylvania from mocking Manziel by selling his No. 2 jersey for just $1.99.
Two years ago, the 23-year-old led the NFL in jersey sales. Now, he’s butt of the jokes.
Manziel had no qualms about the public watching his fall from stardom, his drinking, partying and smoking being a photographer’s dream.
And he showed no remorse when his father revealed his fears for his son’s life.
"He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie,” Paul Manziel said, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't seeked it yet.
“Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say.
“I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we'll see."
Johnny replied to his father’s comments by posting an image from Mexico, including the hashtag “#hiDad”.
There remain genuine doubts that the Heisman Trophy winner will remain sober, having already completed two stints in rehab.
His attorney, Bob Hinton, accidentally sent a text message to the Associated Press on June 24 in which he expressed concerns about Manziel’s ability to stay clean.
Hinton added that he was given a receipt that showed Manziel spent around $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store.
It’s a shame that those $1.99 jerseys will probably be used as a fancy dress costume now.