Hue Jackson took arguably the biggest stage of his young reign as Cleveland Browns coach Wednesday and tried to set the tone.
The new Browns coach spoke with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he spoke directly about the messy Johnny Manziel situation. In the process, Jackson sounded like he was sending a message not only to the quarterback but to the rest of the Browns as he begins his tenure.
Jackson fielded questions about Manziel and referred to the team’s recent strongly worded statement before laying down the law.
“I want to make sure we all understand that that behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward,” Jackson told reporters in Indianapolis, per NFL.com. “And that’s all I want to say about it. I want to leave it at that. Our organization is going to take a stand. And we’re going to move on from those kind of situations as we move forward.”
The Browns, per multiple reports, are expected to release Manziel once the 2016 season officially opens for business in early March.
Manziel has been in headlines for several months — and not for good reasons. The former Heisman Trophy winner was accused by an ex-girlfriend of hitting her during an argument Jan. 30, and Manziel’s seemingly destructive partying habits have been well documented.
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