Hernandez, mother of former New England Patriots
football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to closing
arguments in her son's trial in Fall River, Mass.,
Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Hernandez is accused of
killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has expressed remorse and
asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.
first public comments since he entered a treatment facility
on Jan. 28, Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans
and acknowledged he has a long way to go to win back
private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but
a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans
that I let down," Manziel said in the statement
released Friday by the Browns. "I take full
responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work
very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect. I
understand that will take time and will only happen through
what I do and not what I say."
thanked doctors and staff at Caron, a Pennsylvania facility
which specializes in the treatment of drugs and alcohol.
Manziel was discharged on April 11 and has not publicly
disclosed what he sought treatment for.
allowed to leave the facility during his stay and he played
golf in Louisiana with his father and visited patients in a
hospital as part of his program. Since leaving Caron, he has
attended a Texas Rangers game followed by a visit to see the
Dallas Mavericks play.
who earned his "Johnny Football" nickname while
winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M,
intends to attend Cleveland's offseason practices next week.
The 23-year-old knows there will be continued interest in
who has a friend or family member that's been through things
like this knows it's an ongoing process," Manziel said.
"I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect
my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable
talking about a subject which I consider very
a rough rookie season in 2014 after he was drafted with the
No. 22 overall pick by the Browns. Manziel spent most of it
as the team's backup before making two starts and playing
poorly. He was injured in Cleveland's game at Carolina, then
fined after he missed a treatment.
the season, Manziel acknowledged he didn't take his job as
seriously as he needed to, and vowed to work harder in the
offseason. He checked into rehab less than a month later.
have remained supportive during his ordeal. Owner Jimmy
Haslam and coach Mike Pettine have indicated Manziel will
have a chance to win the starting job in training camp, but
Manziel is not guaranteed anything. The Browns signed
11-year veteran quarterback Josh McCown as a free agent. The
team also has two first-round draft picks and could position
itself to take Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
Bowl tackled Joe Thomas said earlier this week that Manziel
needs to prove to his teammates that he is willing to commit
to football as the most important thing in his life.
was some doubt based on what he did last year if football
was the most important thing," Thomas said when the
Browns unveiled new uniforms this week. "It matters
about showing up, practicing hard, taking the film study
seriously, committing yourself to the meetings and playing