Drew Rosenhaus vowed to drop Johnny Manziel as a client if the former Cleveland Browns quarterback didn’t seek professional treatment, and the powerful agent was not bluffing.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rosenhaus officially parted ways with Manziel on Tuesday.
And now Drew Rosenhaus officially has terminated Johnny Manziel, making him second agent in two months to fire the talented and troubled QB.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2016
Manziel hired Rosenhaus roughly a month ago after he was dropped by longtime agent Erik Burkhardt, who sent this statement explaining his decision. Rosenhaus said last Friday that Manziel has taken no steps toward getting help.
This is hardly a surprise. Manziel looks like a lost cause at this point, and this photo of him at Coachella over the weekend is proof of that. He clearly doesn’t care about his NFL career.
Drew Rosenhaus has given Johnny Manziel until the start of next week to seek treatment, otherwise the NFL agent has said he will terminate his relationship with Manziel. On Friday, Rosenhaus made it clear that he is not optimistic any changes will come soon.
In an appearance on PFT Live with Mike Florio, Rosenhaus said he is not “on the same page” with Manziel as far as what the quarterback needs to do to improve his situation.
“Unfortunately there hasn’t been any movement toward getting help or seeking treatment that I’m aware of,” Rosenhaus said. “I’m trying diligently to recommend this to Johnny. I’m not the first one, certainly not the only one. There are a lot of friends and family and people that want the best for this young man. He’s got a plan, it’s just different than the one he and I talked about and what I would recommend to him.”
Manziel was dropped by his former agent Erik Burkhardt in February. Rosenhaus obviously knew everything that was going on with Manziel, so he must have thought he could help him change his ways. With Manziel still partying every night and appearing drunk in at least one interview (video here), Rosenhaus must not be feeling confident the 23-year-old wants to change.
When you read the latest story about Manziel supposedly leaving a rental home trashed with drugs strewn about, you’ll understand why Rosenhaus is about to become the next to throw in the towel on him.
Drew Rosenhaus ripped the NFL over the fact that news of Josh Gordon’s failed drug test went public.
Rosenhaus appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday and criticized the league for leaking the test and noted that he is filing a grievance against the league over it.
“Josh and I are very disappointed in the league. This is confidential information,” Rosenhaus said, via ESPN. “This is a test result that would be underneath the limit to be considered a positive test. This is not information that is supposed to be disseminated publicly. This is not information that is supposed to be available. It shouldn’t be in the news, it’s completely confidential.”
Gordon was denied reinstatement, but he can apply again on August 1.
“Josh has been working very hard over the past year to get himself back into the NFL,” Rosenhaus said. “Obviously there’s been a hiccup here. He acknowledges that, but he’ll have another opportunity before the season to show the NFL that he’s got his life in order and that he’s ready to resume his NFL career without any setbacks, and I’m very hopeful that he will.”
Rosenhaus has stuck with Gordon despite the repeated issues, though the same cannot be said for Rosenhaus’s relationship with Gordon’s friend and now-former teammate.
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The working relationship between Drew Rosenhaus and Johnny Manziel may be a short one if the free agent quarterback does not seek immediate treatment.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rosenhaus has terminated his relationship with Manziel unless the quarterback goes to rehab within five days for his alcoholism.
“I have terminated the standard representation with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs,” Rosenhaus said via Schefter. “I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”
Manziel was dropped by his previous agent Erik Burkhardt in early February at a time when his football career was spinning out of control. That includes the domestic violence allegations Manziel is facing from his ex-girlfriend, going to Las Vegas and missing the Browns’ last game, as well as constant reports of partying. Manziel previously went to rehab last year for alcoholism and seemed to be a changed man at the start of the NFL season, but that fell apart months into the season after he lost the starting job.
Manziel is said to be currently living with former Browns teammate Josh Gordon, who has constantly failed drug tests and is similarly seeing his football career disappear. As if all that weren’t enough, Manziel was said to be a passenger in an alleged hit and run that took place over the weekend.
You know he’s in bad shape if his second agent in two months wants to drop him.
Police were called to the home of sports agent Drew Rosenhaus on Sunday evening as a result of an alleged domestic dispute between him and his wife, Lisa Thomson. The latest report from TMZ indicates that Dan Bilzerian may have something to do with the heated exchange.
According to one of TMZ’s sources, Rosenhaus was heated over some photos that Thomson and a bunch of other ladies wearing bikinis took with Bilzerian — a professional poker player, venture capitalist, and rich playboy — about a month ago. Thomson is allegedly the blonde bombshell wearing the hot-pink bikini in the photos below.
However, another source told TMZ that Rosenhaus “didn’t care” about the photos and his marriage with Thomson is probably over, anyway.
One look at Thomson’s Instagram page and you immediately get the impression that she likes to party. Given all that we learned about Bilzerian in this interview, you can understand why someone might get upset if their wife was hanging out with him.
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Police were called to the home of sports agent Drew Rosenhaus on Sunday night after a domestic dispute between the agent and his wife.
TMZ reports that Rosenhaus’ wife, Lisa Thomson, told police she returned home Sunday after the NFL playoff games and was verbally attacked by Drew and his brother, Jason. Thomson reportedly told police Jason called her a “whore” and “alcoholic.” Drew allegedly gave her trash bags and told her to pack her bags and leave the house.
Thomson reportedly called police as a preventative measure and expressed concern over the presence of a gun in the home, though she supposedly was clear that the weapon was never brandished or used as a threat.
Police supposedly came and helped sort things out without any arrests being made.
Thomson is a real estate agent who, along with her younger sister Michelle, appeared on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” TV show. She and Drew were married in late Nov., 2013.
Photo: Twitter/Lisa Thomson
Jackson was ordered in April to pay Rosenhaus over $500,000 to settle a debt based on money he borrowed from the agent around the time of the NFL lockout and earlier. The two parted ways in 2013, with Jackson hiring Joel Segal as a replacement. Rosenhaus sued him to get his money back.
Rather than pay up as an arbitrator ordered, Jackson has brought out all the stops and is now accusing Rosenhaus of illegal behavior in order to avoid paying him the money.
According to TMZ Sports, Jackson filed paperwork accusing Rosenhaus of breaking NFLPA rules by giving him tons of cash and a Louis Vuitton bag in order to convince the wide receiver to sign with his agency in 2009 (some of the cash was delivered in the bag, Jackson says). Apparently the NFLPA punishment would mean Jackson would not have to repay (pay back?) Rosenhaus the money.
Rosenhaus has a roster full of clients that include some of the best athletes in professional sports. You really think he stocks up like that playing by the rules? If you read all the confessions of Josh Luchs, then you already know it’s just part of the business. Things apparently are no different for Rosenhaus.