Johnny Football’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad offseason continues on its downward trajectory.
Nike, which stuck by Kobe Bryant through a rape trial, has ditched Johnny Manziel. The company swooshed the quarterback out of its gear for the mistake of him taking its slogan too much to heart.
The divorce follows the Browns releasing the Heisman Trophy-winner, a helicopter searching for him in Texas after allegations of a domestic incident with his girlfriend, several agents parting from the partying player, a mansion owner claiming the quarterback and company trashed his property, an appearance at Coachella, and sundry scandalous stories too numerous to mention. Below lies the obligatory celebrity porn video but not much else.
Football’s Kenny Powers remains without a job in the NFL or even the possibility of one as a gym teacher at his middle school.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell notes:
After signing Manziel, Nike didn’t wait to cash in on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Nike dressed him in a special outfit for his Pro Day and sold the gear on its website. Less than a month after he was drafted as the 22nd pick overall by the Browns in 2014, Nike began selling “Money Manziel” shirts for $30 each. Nike also reached agreement with Manziel to exclusively use “Johnny Football,” his college nickname that he had filed to trademark in 2013. Manziel never received the formal registration to the mark.
Up until the start of the 2015 season, Nike had sold more Browns Manziel jerseys than those of any other player.
Rovell reports that Nissan and MuscleFarm no longer endorse their product endorser. Nike’s break represents a break in the company’s tradition. Mixed-martial artist Jon Jones, for instance, conceded to Breitbart Sports in late 2014 that his claim that Nike dumped him after a brawl at a press conference was actually a lie. Though it dropped Manny Pacquiao for remarks disparaging homosexuals, and Oscar Pistorius lost his deal after murdering his girlfriend, the brand generally stays loyal to athletes, Jon Jones included, when they find themselves in trouble. Manziel’s troubles appear so massive, and the prospects of him stepping on a field anytime soon appear so bleak, that bailing on the bacchanalist became an inevitable decision, made for the company by the quarterback’s many terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decisions.