Johnny Manziel Enters Rehab

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Cleveland Browns draft pick Johnny Manziel answers questions during a press conference at the Browns training facility

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Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel, 22, checked into a treatment facility last Wednesday (Jan. 28).

According to Manziel’s adviser Brad Beckworth:

Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the off-season was the right time to take this step. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.

Beckworth did not say exactly why Manziel is being treated.

The Heisman Trophy winner is known for his off-field behavior, party lifestyle, and questionable work ethic. In the past, Manziel has been fined for missing practice during his rookie season.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement:

We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.