FRANCISCO - If Johnny Manziel wants help, the NFL and
its players are ready to step in.
troubled quarterback simply has to accept it.
wish to give Johnny as much support as he is willing to
receive, we can't make anyone do anything," Troy
Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football
operations, said Saturday before the NFL Honors show.
"I've seen his father make a statement, reach out
to the family to make sure the family knows the National
Football League, the Cleveland Browns, the players
association — everyone's here to support you, but you
have to embrace it."
not be so easy for the 23-year-old star in a tailspin.
police said Friday night they were launching a criminal
investigation into a domestic violence assault complaint
filed against Manziel, who was involved in an
altercation last weekend during which he allegedly
struck his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, several
police said detectives would determine what, if any,
criminal charges Manziel would face. They noted it is
not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to
question or delay reporting an assault.
same day Manziel was dropped by his agent, his father
said he fears for his son's life and it was revealed
that Crowley received a protective order against the
2012 Heisman Trophy winner, preventing him from seeing
her for two years.
the Browns said earlier this week that they intend to
release Manziel next month after just two seasons.
said the league has reached out to both the Browns
coaching staff and Manziel's family asking the
quarterback to consider a helping hand. Vincent said the
worry now isn't about Manziel as a player but a person.
noted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned that
Friday in his news conference the league stands ready to
give Manziel as much as support as the quarterback
running back Reggie Bush, on the red carpet, said
everyone was young and made mistakes. But he believes
the league could help Manziel.
NFL definitely has everything that it needs to be able
to help him, all the resources that it needs to
help," Bush said. "I think he's a great
player. I love watching him play. He's exciting. He's
young, and I think he has some maturing, some growing up
Famer Mike Ditka coached Jim McMahon in Chicago, so he
has experience with a renegade quarterback.
said he would sit Manziel down and tell him the
limitations he must work within because of the code of
responsibility that goes with playing in the NFL.
else in life can you get a job playing a sport you grew
up playing as a kid and make millions of dollars?
Hello...," Ditka said. "Guys don't look at it
this way. What an opportunity he has to be a great
example to young people and people in the Cleveland
area. I don't know what's going to happen to him now.
... You only get so many chances in life."