Johnny Manziel’s dad: ‘My son is a druggie and he needs help’
This booking photo provided by the Highland Park, Texas Department of Public Safety shows former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was booked and posted bond May 4, 2016 in a domestic violence case.
"He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie," Paul Manziel told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday in a phone interview. "I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] 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."
Added Paul Manziel: "If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own. I’ve done everything I can do. There is nothing [else] I can do as a father. Nothing. … It is, what it is. He’s a druggie and everybody needs to accept it."
Paul Manziel said "the system failed" in the family’s attempt to keep Johnny in rehab and that they’ve exhausted all their options.
"He has more money than me, so he can outrun me," Paul Manziel said.
"I mean, I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him."
Defense attorney Bob Hinton, who’s handling Manziel’s domestic violence case, revealed that Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash last week.