LeBron on Manziel: Hopefully he'll bring some great moments back to Cleveland
MAY 10, 2014 8:41p ET
LeBron James already had his.
As a man with many connections and a good friend of Johnny Football's, the Miami Heat superstar sported his brown and orange Manziel jersey on the team flight to New York on Friday.
The friendship between Manziel and James began to develop during the quarterback's final season at Texas A&M. It eventually blossomed into a business relationship when Manziel signed on with LeBron's marketing firm, LRMR, in January.
As a Cowboys fan, James was hoping Manziel would be drafted by Dallas, but said he wouldn't be surprised to see him go to the Browns. Now that it's become a reality, the former Cavaliers superstar said he hopes Manziel can bring success to long-suffering Browns fans.
"After I saw he didn't go to Dallas, I figured he'd go to Cleveland," James told Brian Windhorst of ESPN. "He's a smart kid and he relishes the opportunity to hopefully bring some great moments back to Cleveland as far as the football team."
James said he's looking forward to watching Manziel fight for the job of Browns starting quarterback.
"It's exciting, he's going to get the opportunity to compete for the starting job so it's exciting for us, our family and his family," James said "He's been in pressure situations for a long time, that shouldn't change now because he's starting his NFL [career]."
Transitioning to the NFL is never easy and Manziel might be facing more adversity than he initially thought. Less than 24 hours after Manzielmania began, news broke that Browns star receiver Josh Gordon could be facing a season-long suspension for a second failed drug test. Aware of the news, James indicated that the Browns might need to go out and find some receivers for Manziel to throw to.
"It's possible [he needs some receivers]," James said. "We're waiting for the [Gordon] ruling, we'll see what happens with that."