Brady Quinn has issue with Johnny Manziel’s behavior, money phone

Johnny Manziel money phone

Brady Quinn is the latest person to object to Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior.

Quinn, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns who last took snaps in the NFL with the Chiefs in 2012, was a guest on Sirius XM NFL Radio and talked about how he didn’t like what he saw in the latest Manziel Instagram video to go viral.

The video, which contains explicit language (seen below), shows Manziel holding a stack of money up to his ear. Manziel appears to be extremely faded and wasted in the video:

Quinn was critical of Manziel and said he didn’t think the young QB was setting a proper example off the field.

“The thing I’m most worried about is what you’re kind of seeing off the field,” Quinn said as transcribed by Ohio.com. “Some people say you can work hard and play hard. But I think my biggest issue with it is when you’re drafted in the first round, you’re the face of the franchise, and when you’ve got a video that comes out like that, I understand he’s trying to have a good time and live his life off the field, but there’s a little kid watching that, and now he’s looking up to him as a role model. And for me, personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it.

“I don’t think that’s the way you want to conduct yourself. If you’re asking [Browns owner] Jimmy Haslam, ‘Is that really what you want the face of your franchise doing and having out there?’ I just don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s respectful to the other veteran players, too, right now who are probably trying to take care of their bodies, trying to prepare to go into a winning season right now instead of doing things like that off the field.”

Quinn then brought up Russell Wilson as a comparison.

“I always revert back to [Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback] Russell Wilson only because he’s so young. He’s been so successful, but you see all the time his good works. When he’s out there on camera or out there on Twitter, whatever it is, he’s at a hospital with sick kids, giving them gifts, trying to brighten up their day. That’s the kind of role model I want for my franchise, and I don’t understand why [Manziel] can’t interject more of it into his life. He’s got such a following. So then try to do it in a positive way to help kids who are sick or people who are homeless, whatever it is, but just try to do it in a more positive manner.”

There are a few points I would make here. For one, Manziel didn’t post this video, so it’s not like that’s the image of himself he wanted to advertise. However, if you’re not out partying and getting wasted like that, that sort of thing wouldn’t be caught on camera anyhow. And I don’t think it’s right to compare Manziel to Wilson and for us to assume that Wilson is a great guy just because of what he chooses to show us on social media. That could make him a phony for all we know.

I won’t be quite as critical of Manziel as Quinn was, but I will say that particular video makes the former Heisman Trophy winner look like a total idiot. I’m guessing he’s not proud of it, either.

Joe Namath: Johnny Manziel has ‘got to live his life, man’

Joe-Namath-Rips-Jets-for-Draft-MiscuesJohnny Manziel was one of the most heavily scrutinized college football players of all time, and the criticism has carried over into the start of his NFL career. Manziel has been partying it up in Las Vegas in between workouts, which has given some the impression that he is not taking his career seriously. Not surprisingly, Joe Namath thinks people need to lay off.

During an interview with NFL Network on Monday, Broadway Joe took a stand against all the Johnny Football haters.

“What difference does it make?” Namath said when asked about Manziel’s party-filled lifestyle, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “Really? And it is an example of the different eras and time. I do know this about Johnny Manziel, I haven’t seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field. And I do know that we love entertainment.

“Football is a sport but it is showbiz. It is entertainment. And Johnny, he’s got to live his life, man. You know, give him some room.”

One of Manziel’s teammates even admitted earlier this month that all the attention Manziel receives can be annoying. The former Texas A&M star wouldn’t get a lot of that attention if he stayed home instead of raging in Vegas, but he’s an adult who can make his own decisions.

Namath, who said he would “love” Manziel on his team, knows a thing or too about having a good time. He admitted that things may have gone different for him in the 1960s and 70s if cell phone cameras existed.

“I would have had to adjust,” Namath said.

Manziel isn’t going to change. If he’s successful at the NFL level, people will lay off a bit. If he struggles during his first season with the Browns, critics of his personal life will get louder and louder.

Also see: Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Padres draft Johnny Manziel in 28th round

Johnny-Manziel-PadresIf Johnny Manziel falls flat on his face in his first season with the Cleveland Browns and decides he wants to pursue a career in professional baseball, the San Diego Padres will have the first shot at him. The Padres selected Manziel with the 837th overall pick (28th round) in the 2014 MLB draft on Saturday.

Yes, this is for real. As our friend Matt Clapp reminded us, this is not the first time a team has done something like this. The Colorado Rockies drafted Michael Vick in the 30th round of the 2000 MLB draft when he was coming out of Virginia Tech. It’s called a publicity stunt.

Either the Padres had literally no players on their board worth drafting after 27 rounds, or they really liked what they saw from Manziel when he visited Petco Park and threw out the ceremonial first pitch last season.

Manziel actually played baseball for 15 years before football became his only priority, so he has plenty of experience. But, again, we all know what the Padres were doing here. Manziel will never play pro baseball. When you consider some of rare gems that are found extremely late in the draft, it’s kind of a shame they would waste a pick.

Ben Tate: All the Johnny Manziel attention is annoying

Ben Tate BrownsCleveland Browns offseason practices are only a few weeks old, and running back Ben Tate already thinks the attention paid to quarterback Johnny Manziel is excessive.

Things started over the weekend when Tate had this to say about his new teammate to USA Today.

“He had success early in his career when he was at (Texas) A&M. He won the Heisman or whatever, but there are lots of people that have won the Heisman. I mean, Mark Ingram won the Heisman, and I don’t see everyone all excited when he got to the league.”

Tate also said that the Browns are Brian Hoyer’s team until things change.

The backlash for Tate’s comments led the running back to try clarifying his position via Twitter Monday.

Tate gave more comments about Manziel after practice on Tuesday and explained that he thinks all the attention Manziel faces must be annoying.

“It’s not really sympathy, it’s just as a player I know I would get tired if people were monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said Tuesday via Cleveland.com. “It’s annoying. He’s a human being. He’s a great football player. I get why he gets the constant media attention. I just think he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

Rather than Tate being annoyed with Manziel, it seems like Tate is really just annoyed with the media for hounding Manziel. The problem is many players can’t separate their dislike of the attention a player receives with the dislike of a player. All the attention ends up causing resentment and sometimes leads to a player being disliked because he is a media magnet. Hopefully that won’t happen with Manziel in Cleveland. As long as he plays well for the Browns, it probably won’t.

Mike Pettine: I told Johnny Manziel to have fun in Las Vegas

Johnny Manziel Las Vegas

It’s pretty ridiculous that Johnny Manziel going to Las Vegas to have some fun over Memorial Day weekend became a national story, but that’s the way things go these days.

While some people may have a problem with Manziel not burying his nose in his playbook at all moments of the day, his coach with the Cleveland Browns doesn’t seem to mind. Or at least that’s what he’s saying publicly.

“We have a saying in the NFL: as long as it doesn’t affect your job,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said on Wednesday. “[Manziel is] a guy that was very proactive. He let us know that he was going and my advice to him was ‘have fun.’ He’s a young guy and he’s done everything that we’ve asked. The playbook has not been an issue for him.

“I know a big deal has been made, but internally, we have an expectation for all of our players outside of the building to act a certain way and it’s really not an issue. Just like anybody else, he’s a man, and we’re going to treat our guys like that until they prove that they need to be treated otherwise.”

There are countless other professional athletes who have gone out to have fun over holiday weekends especially when their season is several months away. This really shouldn’t be a problem for people. And it’s also important to have balance especially if you spend a lot of time training and working hard. Heck, even Nick Saban has fun over the holiday weekend! If that grinder can spare a few minutes for a jet ski, then Manziel can definitely go to Vegas for fun.

Photo: Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel responds to critics via Instagram while partying in Las Vegas

Johnny Manziel is now a professional football player, which in the minds of some apparently means he should be preparing for life in the NFL 24/7. That means no pool parties, no Las Vegas, and no fun.

Manziel did all three over Memorial Day Weekend and even posted a few pictures of his partying on Instagram. Lest you think he was only partying while in Vegas, he shared this photo to prove that he is still thinking football:

Johnny Manziel Browns playbook

That looks like the Cleveland Browns’ playbook in both written and electronic versions.

“Guess it’s impossible to enjoy the weekend and study?” Manziel wrote as the caption to the photo.

Even the most sophomoric party animals know that studying a playbook is the perfect way to nurse a hangover, right?

As for Johnny Football partying by the pool all weekend, we can’t write a post about this without also including this photo, which comes from our friend Elika Sadeghi aka @steakNstiffarms:

Jonathan Lee Riches reportedly filed Johnny Manziel lawsuit

Jonathan-Lee-RichesAs we all expected, the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Johnny Manziel earlier this month was nothing more than a hoax that someone slipped through the cracks in a Florida courtroom. The suit was filed under the name Samantha Schacher, as in the cohost of the “Dr. Drew on Call” show on HLN. The person believed to be behind the prank is Jonathan Lee Riches.

Apparently Riches is known as a “serial filer” who has pulled similar stunts in the past. Staci Zaretski of AboveTheLaw.com pulled copies of several other “fake” suits Riches filed and said he is well known among the legal community. Schacher also tweeted about Riches on Friday afternoon.

Riches is a convicted felon who spent 10 years in prison for wire fraud. He gained fame by filing a number of ridiculous lawsuits while he was behind bars. In addition to Manziel, he has taken “legal action” against Kim Kardashian, Michael Vick and The Gap. He once vowed to “flood the universe with more lawsuits.”

This guy is obviously a huge nuisance to society, and something has to be done about it. He makes the argument that the people he targets are all public figures, but the line has to be drawn. Wasting time and resources on a screwball like Riches is a shame, even if his latest lawsuit made us wet ourselves.

Photo via The Smoking Gun