A second agent in nearly as many months warns troubled NFL player Johnny Manziel that if he doesn’t get some sort of professional mental health help he will no longer represent him.
“I’m gravely concerned about this young man,” sports agent Drew Rosenhaus told CNBC. “I am not going to stand by and watch him ruin it all.”
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Manziel’s latest agent has informed the recently released Cleveland Browns quarterback that either he gets some sort of treatment or he is out.
On his Facebook page, the sports writer quoted Rosenhaus as saying, “I have terminated the standard representation with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs.”
“I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him,” Rosenhaus reportedly said. “Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”
This is the second agent recently to dump the much troubled player.
Early in February, sports agent Erik Burkhardt dumped Manziel after news broke of the player having allegedly struck his girlfriend during a domestic argument.
“It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors, and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel,” the agent said in a statement at the time.
Manziel was released by the Browns on March 8, after only 22 months with the team encompassing a mere 8 starts. It was a very bad start to the NFL career of a Heisman Trophy winner and Browns first round draft pick.
Worse, since being fired he has remained in the spotlight but not for anything good. News has shown him continuously partying in various parts of the country — one of the reasons he was released in the first place — and was even reported as being a passenger in a hit-and-run accident.
But there were dozens of other incidents just like those during his 22-month-short NFL career. From drunken parties, to missed practices because he was hung over, to the alleged battery on his girlfriend resulting in a police helicopter search for him, the young player has raised a lot of ruckus.
Manziel’s behavior has been so bad that even his own father said he fears his son won’t live to see his 24th birthday unless he gets help quickly.
Ultimately, it appears sports agent Rosenhaus agrees with Manziel’s father. Despite that the agent feels Mansziel “has a potentially brilliant future” that future is murky at best.
“I see a 23-year-old young man who needs to get control of his life, which is more important than football,” the agent said.
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