Browns head coach Hue Jackson spoke about Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley Saturday night after the NFL Honors show, and expressed his concern for both of them to Cleveland.com.
“Obviously there was more information that came out during the week and when I think about those things, first and foremost to the young lady, I hope that’s she getting the help that she needs to move beyond this situation,” Jackson told cleveland.com.
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“And then No. 2, I don’t know Johnny. I’ve never talked to Johnny. But I don’t want to see any young man’s life be at risk in any situation. I know our organization well enough that the powers that be would reach out and create any environment that could help, because we’re not about hurting people. We’re about saving people. I know that without question.”
Manziel is under investigation by Dallas police for domestic violence against Crowley. News 8 in Dallas reported that Manziel allegedly threatened to kill Crowley and himself during an argument, but Manziel denied the report to TMZ.
A judge in Texas also ordered Manziel to stay away from Crowley for two years, saying, “There’s reason to believe family violence occurred,” according to News 8 in Dallas. The order states that Manziel must stay at least 500 feet from Crowley’s home and workplace.
Manziel’s father has showed great concern, telling the Dallas Morning News that he fears Johnny is suicidal, and that he wouldn’t live to see his 24th birthday if he doesn’t get help.
Things also got to the point where Manziel’s agent dropped him last week.
“I think Jimmy [Haslam] said it best — this is not about Johnny the football player,” said Jackson. “This is about Johnny the man — the young man. And I would feel that way about any young player across the National Football League because we all understand the trials and tribulations that men go through and sometimes you feel like you’re isolated and alone.”
“What I would say to any young player, not just Johnny but any player who’s going through a lot of different things: You’re not alone,” Jackson said. “There’s help available and people are willing to help but sometimes you have to reach a desire to accept the help as you move forward in your life. But again, it’s not about football. It’s about a young man’s life.”
Owner Jimmy Haslam reiterated a similar sentiment to cleveland.com, saying the following.
“We’ll do anything we can to help, but he’s got to call us back and work with us. We’re trying to help one of our team members and we would do the same thing for someone in accounting or sales as we would for a quarterback who’s well-known. We’ve reached out to him several times since Saturday when this all came out and he hasn’t responded. The thing is, we want him to get well.”
Many people, whether a professional athlete or not, don’t get the help that the Browns appear to be extending to Manziel. Hopefully, he’ll take this help to heart and end his downward spiral before things get even worse for him.