Did Johnny Manziel Ruin His Life Through Drinking, Women, Money and Pride?


The man formerly known as ‘Johnny Football’ has now been accused of domestic abuse, with a criminal investigation underway. It’s the latest in a long line of troubling behavior for the star.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel used to have it all: a promising career as a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, a killer college record, and a kickass nickname—“Johnny Football.” But in light of his rapid descent into NFL ignominy, the 23-year-old is quickly learning that being named after the sport you play can have unforeseen, deeply depressing consequences.

On Thursday, Manziel once again found himself mired in scandal following another alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. Reports surfaced that during an encounter last week, Manziel allegedly struck Crowley and told her to “shut up or I’ll kill us both.” When the police arrived on the scene, Crowley said she was concerned about the absent Manziel’s well-being. After a helicopter search, Manziel was located and deemed safe. Friday, the Dallas Police Department issued a statement saying it had received a domestic assault complaint on Jan. 30, and that, “A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel [sic] is the listed suspect, has been initiated. Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered.”

Crowley took out an order of protection against Manziel on Friday in which the athlete must stay at least 500 feet away from her home and work for two years, and released the following statement to Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA on Friday: “On Feb. 5, I met with domestic violence specialists at the Dallas Police Department. I provided them with a complete description of the events on the night of Jan. 29 and answered their questions. I don’t know what will happen next with this case—that’ll be up to the Dallas Police Department. I am hopeful that everyone will understandably respect my wish for privacy at this time.”

That same day, Manziel was dropped by his agent Erik Burkhardt, who claimed “his future rests solely in his hands,” while Manziel’s father told The Dallas Morning Newsthat his son had refused to enter rehab twice in the past week, and if he doesn’t let go of his partying lifestyle, he “won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”

Johnny Football’s is a tale of a hard-partying rich kid who’s been given a million and one chances and left them all in flames.

He’s the great-grandson of Bobby Joe Manziel, a former bantamweight boxer from Lebanon who made a fortune after striking oil in 1930s Texas. The money’s since trickled down to Manziel’s father John Paul, an ex-bartender with a net worth of approximately $50 million. Despite his considerable privilege, Johnny was a big-time party boy in his days attending Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast
Marlow Stern and Amy Zimmerman