Ladies and gentlemen, meet Jonathan Football.
Johnny Manziel, whose questionable behavior again has been on display this offseason, issued a statement Tuesday after being dropped by his second agent in two months. The free-agent quarterback seems to understand that things need to change for him to salvage his NFL career.
“I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now, so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016,” Manziel said in the statement provided to ESPN.com and other media outlets. “I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that agent Drew Rosenhaus, who previously said that Manziel needs treatment, officially cut ties with the 23-year-old. Manziel’s former agent, Erik Burkhardt, ended his representation back in February, pointing to a lack of accountability.
Perhaps losing another agent, as well as his Nike endorsement, will strike a chord with Manziel, who was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason. If so, he’ll need to prove such with his actions. Right now, his words carry very little weight.
“So many people only have one image of Jonathan, but believe it or not, he takes all this very seriously,” Manziel’s spokesperson, Denise Michaels, told ESPN.com. “He’s hoping that he can clear up his personal issues, start interviewing agents and see what he needs to do if he wants to play this year.”
Manziel, who was drafted 22nd overall in 2014, has been a major first-round bust to this point despite a stellar college career at Texas A&M in which “Johnny Football” captivated the nation.
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