Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly showed up to practice intoxicated on Dec. 30, just days ahead of the regular-season finale against the Steelers,
The organization announced that Manziel was undergoing the concussion protocol to cover up the incident.
"I was with a Browns player yesterday. Johnny Manziel, going in to what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday," NFL Network's Michael Silver reported. "The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me say that again: The Browns lied. To try to protect and, I would argue, enable this irresponsible and very troubled young man."
The Browns released the following statement:
Johnny Manziel came to our facility on the morning of December 30th and complained of concussion symptoms. He was tested by an independent neurologist and entered the league's concussion protocol. He remained in the protocol until January 12th after being cleared by the independent neurologist."
1) I've been told by multiple sources that Manziel showed up late to the tea facility for a meeting & noticeably drunk on Wednesday, Dec. 30— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
2) He was later placed in the concussion protocol & sent home.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
3) I am not a doctor & thus cannot presume to question the diagnosis of an independent neurologist or any medical professional...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
4) I do not have direct knowledge of what Manziel may have told the doctor or doctors who evaluated him, or what might have been suggested.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
5) If the Browns say they did not lie about Manziel's diagnosis, I will take them at their word, and I regret using that term ("lied").— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
6) I stand by my original report that Manziel showed up drunk at practice & that witnesses believed this was the cause of his "behavior."— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
7) This will be my last comment on the subject, pending further reporting.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 9, 2016
Manziel, who is currently at the center of a domestic violence investigation following an altercation with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, is reportedly set to be released by the Browns next month.
Manziel has played in 14 games in his two seasons in Cleveland.
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