Just last week, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he believed Johnny Manziel could find his way back in Cleveland. Now Manziel reportedly isn’t even returning the team’s phone calls.
Haslam told reporters Friday that the team has reached out to Manziel on several occasions since reports of last weekend’s domestic incident involving his ex-girlfriend, but has yet to receive a response, per NFL.com.
“Johnny has not responded to us, but we'll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family. We're not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we're worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that's all we need to say on the issue.”
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Manziel’s father, Paul, spoke out Friday, saying that the family is extremely worried about his son’s well-being and that he may not make it to his 24th birthday without the help he needs. Paul revealed that Johnny has refused the family’s urges twice this week to return to rehab.
Haslam appeared "frustrated, emotional" when discussing Manziel, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, but still maintained that the organization would do whatever it could to help him conquer his issues.
“We've reached out several times since all this came out just last Saturday, just as we would any other player, and I think it's enough said on the issue. I think it's a personal issue now, it's not a football issue.”
Jimmy Haslam tells us he has tried to reach out to Johnny Manziel several times and got no response. He appeared frustrated, emotional.