Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment facility Wednesday, according to his adviser Brad Heckworth.
"Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step," Beckworth said.
"On behalf of Johnny and his family, we're asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."
In a recent group of interviews with Manziel’s teammate for a Jan. 23 ESPN story, many brought up Manziel’s lack of commitment and preparation. According to some of his teammates, who asked to remain anonymous, Manziel made bad decisions during the season, including his commitment to the nightlife that got him in trouble with the organization a few times.
One player went as far as to say that Manziel’s rookie season was a “100 percent joke.”
Manziel realized he had to grow up and take accountability for his actions, and towards the end of the regular season he told the media he wanted to be “the guy” for Cleveland and that he would start by taking his job more seriously.
Although there are not many details about what kind of treatment Manziel is getting, it looks like he is taking a step in the right direction.
"We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns," Browns’ general manager Ray Farmer said.