Johnny Manziel: Video Surfaces of Cleveland Browns Quarterback Allegedly Drinking Alcohol at Club

By Dave Martin, Epoch Times
February 29, 2016 1:32 pm Last Updated: February 29, 2016 2:30 pm

Troubled NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel was seen spotted this past Thursday night at STORY nightclub in Miami, allegedly drinking champagne, just hours after officials announced his domestic violence case was headed to a grand jury (per USA Today’s Eric Prisbell).

The footage of his night out was obtained exclusively by TMZ and cited multiple witnesses in its report—including a staff member. The video is below with Manziel wearing a hat on his head and a champagne bottle in his hand:

Earlier in the day, the Dallas Police Department announced the investigation into allegations that Manziel struck Colleen Crowley on Jan. 30th was sent to a grand jury to decide if the former Heisman Trophy winner should have charges filed against him.

It’s the latest in a number of incidents where Manziel’s off-the-field exploits have overshadowed his few on-the-field accomplishments.

Whether the Cleveland Browns release their talented former first-round selection just two years into his career remains to be seen. They’ve already had a number of incidents with Manziel that started soon after they drafted the former Texas A&M star in the spring of 2014.

Manziel was pictured partying in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend just weeks after that draft. A couple weeks later he was pictured floating around a pool bar on an inflatable swan with a champagne bottle in his hand.

A month after that, a photo of Manziel rolling up a $20 bill in a bathroom of a bar went viral. It happened just a week after he was reportedly partying it up with Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather at Bieber’s house on a night (actually early morning) where the police had to be called to the residence.

Then in November 2014, police were called to an incident in Manziel’s downtown home (The 9 at the Metropolitan) after the star quarterback was accused of punching a drunken fan who was allegedly seeking a hug.

Of course, “star quarterback” was not how Manziel was performing on the field. The former college standout started two games his whole rookie season and his final 2014 statistics were dreadful—18/35 passing for 175 yards and two interceptions. Good for a quarterback rating of 42.0.

After the season Manziel checked himself into rehab (for 73 days) and looked much-improved on the field in his second season in the league—eventually becoming a starter. But after reportedly promising coaches he would be good over the bye week, a video surfaced of Manziel partying it up again and he was demoted from starter to third-string quarterback.

His latest incident prompted a Feb. 3 statement from Browns Executive Vice President of Operations Sashi Brown. “We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization,” said Brown via ClevelandBrowns.com. “His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”