Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden answers questions during his news conference in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Haden signed a five-year contract extension with the NFL football team Tuesday.
Johnny Manziel seems to be in the news nonstop, doesn’t he? If the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback isn’t doing something himself, you can bet someone else is probably talking about him.
This time it’s the latter, but what Joe Haden had to say could change the whole equation.
Speaking to Cleveland radio station WKNR Friday (via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com), veteran Browns cornerback Haden had an interesting suggestion for Manziel in case he wants to stay out of the news for a while.
"You need to have a phone valet," Haden said. "Tell your friends ‘put your phones away.’ We’re going to go out and have a good time and just don’t record what you’re doing."
Given that social media seems to be the source of just about all of the Manziel headlines, this sounds like a reasonable idea. It is also worth noting Haden did not come across as a critic of Manziel’s off-field activities but rather a teammate and fellow-20something offering some practical advice.
"Everybody has fun," Haden said. "Trust me — everybody does, but everybody’s not Johnny Football. So I think you’re kind of like ‘C’mon Johnny, you represent. You’re going to have a good time for sure, nobody has a problem with it. But just try to have fun without the whole world knowing.’"
As Zac Jackson wrote earlier this week, there is a simple way Manziel can silence those who have a problem with the things the young quarterback does off the field: Bring Cleveland a winner on it. But he won’t have a chance to begin doing that for a while considering training camp is still more than a month away and the regular season doesn’t begin until September.
If he wants to keep the heat off until then, perhaps he should heed Haden’s advice, but judging by his continuing escapades, the attention might not bother Manziel much anyway.