Drew Rosenhaus: Sports Agent Cuts Ties With Former Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel, Report Says
NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus told free agent quarterback Johnny Manziel he would cease to represent him if he did not curb his partying and has now severed his relationship after Manziel was spotted at Coachella this weekend, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Rosenhaus is the second agent to fire Manziel this offseason after Erik Burkhardt did so in February.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 19, 2016
Rosenhaus had announced last week that he had informed the talented quarterback that he is terminating their relationship, but would reverse his decision within five days if Manziel sought treatment. At the time Rosenhaus told Schefter that this was done “in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs.”
“I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him, that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him,” Rosenhaus said. “Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”
Another agent dropped Johnny Manziel, Drew Rosenhaus has terminated their contract. Make that 2 agents in 2 months. pic.twitter.com/RBCghUEcGD
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) April 19, 2016
Rosenhaus, who, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, had never fired a player in his 27 years as an agent, said that from the beginning his agreement with Manziel was predicated on the talented quarterback entering a treatment facility, which apparently hasn’t happened.
Manziel, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy while a freshman at Texas A&M, was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2014. After a disappointing rookie season—in which he grabbed more headlines for his off-the-field antics than his on-the-field play—the then-22-year-old went to into a rehab facility for 10 weeks.
THIS JUST IN: Agent Drew Rosenhaus officially terminates his representation of QB Johnny Manziel. https://t.co/EaGNOHn0nJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 19, 2016
This offseason though, he’s the subject of a grand jury investigation in Dallas regarding whether he assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Most recently, the New York Post reported that Manziel is accused of causing some $32,000 of damage to a house he rented for two days in West Hollywood.
“Mr. Manziel threw large parties on both nights, causing extensive damage … Evidence suggests [Manziel] and his guests were consuming drugs and alcohol … and that they caused a disturbance to the neighborhood,” Niki Ghazian, attorney to real estate broker Nicholas Goodwin, whose company LA Exotic life rented to Manziel, told The Post.