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

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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:

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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

Johnny Manziel hot dog memes were unavoidable


Little is known about the Johnny Manziel sexual harassment lawsuit other than what has been written. We know the suit itself contains a ton of spelling and grammatical errors and sure seems like a hoax. But even if it is, Manziel has still become the internet’s latest meme victim.

[Related: Meet the man believed to be behind the Johnny Manziel lawsuit]

Just when we thought Jameis Winston and his crab legs incident could not be topped by the internet’s best photoshoppers, someone goes and claims that Johnny Football put his wiener between a hot dog bun and sent her (him?) a photo of it. Here’s are the best ones we’ve seen thus far:

And then there was this, which you will understand if you read the lawsuit:

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Samantha Schacher lawsuit against Johnny Manziel is real, could be frivolous

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A lawsuit that was filed against Johnny Manziel by a woman named Samantha Schacher set the internet on fire Friday morning. While it has been widely assumed that the claims in the suit are untrue, it does appear that the lawsuit is real. By that, we mean it has actually been filed in a Florida court on May 16.

Now, that does not mean that the lawsuit against Manziel is not frivolous. By definition, frivolous means “not having any serious purpose or value.” It’s never wise to assume a victim is lying, though the claims Schacher — or someone else who was using her name — made are absolutely off the charts.

Schacher has a Twitter page. Her profile says she is a contributor and cohost on HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” show. One of the claims made against Manziel in the lawsuit was that he called the plaintiff and told her he “wanted a threesome with Dr. Drew.”

Ian Rapoport provided a bit more context:

If Schacher was not the one who filed the lawsuit, it appears someone has used her name as part of his or her hoax. If that’s the case, she will likely take legal action against the person who did file the suit. Since everyone seems to be assuming the accusations are bogus, you could argue that Schacher’s name is being smeared more than Manziel’s if it turns out she had nothing to do with it.