Troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel told TMZ that he is planning to get “completely sober” by July 1 and attempt an NFL comeback–after his vacation in Mexico.
TMZ spoke to Manziel after a woman staying in the same Cabo mansion as Manziel posted photos of what appeared to be drugs on social media. Manziel claimed to TMZ that “they’re absolutely not mine” and added, “I don’t even know the girl.”
The Browns released Manziel in March and he has yet to catch on with another team. Since he was released, Manziel has reportedly been “charged with misdemeanor assault, has been in two car accidents and has allegedly trashed a luxury home in the Hollywood hills, for which he’s being sued.”
As the Dallas Morning News noted, Manziel has been “accused of kidnapping, hitting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, in January at Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas during a fight over another woman. They broke up in December after dating for two years.”
Crowley reportedly told police that “Manziel had invited her to his hotel room to talk and that he slapped her head, rupturing her eardrum and causing her to lose her hearing. She said he then dragged her by the hair and forced her into a car, which he drove to Fort Worth, where she lives.”
Manziel’s attorney who was in charge of his domestic violence case withdrew last after he accidentally sent a text meant for Manziel’s legal team to an Associated Press reporter in which he questioned whether Manziel could stay sober. According to the New York Daily News, in the text, Manziel’s lawyer mentioned that “he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash.”
He also wrote in the text of a potential plea deal: “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.”
Manziel’s father recently told ESPN that his son is “a druggie and he needs help.” After his dad’s comments were published, Manziel promptly mocked his dad on social media with a “Hi Dad” hashtag on an Instagram post from his vacation in Mexico.
Brandon George, who covers the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News, said it is “unlikely Manziel could regain the trust” of a team to see the field in 2016.
“Why would an organization take on a player who has consistently shown his priority is partying over practicing?” George asked.