Despite all the off-the-field turmoil that’s surrounded talented free agent quarterback Johnny Manziel this offseason, the former Heisman winner says he is looking to play in the NFL in 2016.
“I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016,” Manziel said in a statement provided Tuesday to USA Today Sports. “I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me.”
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) April 19, 2016
Here’s what Manziel has in front of him. The former first-round pick is currently the subject of a grand jury investigation in Dallas regarding whether he assaulted his ex-girlfriend. He was just dropped by his second agent of this offseason, Drew Rosenhaus, Tuesday after Rosenhaus had previously announced last week that he was terminating his relationship with Manziel, but would reverse the decision if the former Browns quarterback entered treatment within five days.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, this is the first time Rosenhaus has fired a player in 27 years. Previously, Manziel was dumped by former agent Erik Burkhardt in February.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 19, 2016
“So many people only have one image of Jonathan, but believe it or not, he takes all this very seriously,” Manziel’s spokesperson Denise Michels told ESPN.com. “He’s hoping that he can clear up his personal issues, start interviewing agents and see what he needs to do if he wants to play this year.”
In addition to being dumped by a pair of agents, Manziel was also let go by Nike this offseason, according to a report by ESPN. Brian Strong, spokesman for Nike, told ESPN that Manziel, who was signed by the major sports merchandise company in March 2014 to a multiyear deal, is no longer an endorser of the brand.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 20, 2016
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported last week 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.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 20, 2016