Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Johnny Football

The NFL has another very important decision to make soon.  This one has nothing to do with whether a player stepped out of bounds or if a pass should be ruled incomplete.

Cleveland Brown quarterback Johnny Manziel allegedly struck his girlfriend.  Since precedent has been set lately with regards to domestic violence, you’d think this would be an open and shut case but with the NFL, you never can tell.

In the words of Warner Wolf, let’s go to the video tape.

In case you haven’t figured this out by now, Johnny Manziel is a troubled soul.  Over the past few years, we’ve heard stories about how he’s partied in Vegas, been late to team meetings, showed up hungover and ill-prepared and yes, even wore a disguise into a nightclub only to be found out when he had to use his own credit card to pay the bill.  Aside from having a party problem, apparently he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer either.

Johnny Vegas

That’s all fine and dandy.  People often struggle with the cult of personality but we all knew this sophomoric at best and life-threatening at worst behavior was going to end badly for Johnny eventually.  The kid’s got a severe drinking problem and some deep-seeded emotional issues.

Now there’s apparently video, already in police custody, that may show him striking the woman he’s seeing.  And that, my friends, is a whole different ball game.  Party all you want.  We’ll just assume you’re a lush.  Get drunk and smack a girl, however, and you deserve every bit of misery you encounter.

It wasn’t all that long ago that former NFL running back Ray Rice became a household name, not for scoring touchdowns but for knocking his girlfriend unconscious in a hotel elevator.

The NFL became a laughing stock for how it mishandled the case.  We don’t need to relive the details of one of Goodell’s finer moments.  The bottom line is that, with Rice, the NFL needed to re-address how it handled domestic violence disputes among its employees.

Ray Rice presser

After initially suspending Rice for only two games, video of the incident emerged from a source other than the league.  After witnessing the video, America became disgusted with how lightly the league took the incident.  The NFL had either seen the video and not acted accordingly or not seen it and not done their due diligence, both of which were irresponsible and unforgivable.  The NFL ultimately devised a new policy where a player would be suspended six games for his first domestic violence offense and banned for life for the next.

Finally, a stand, however, considering the NFL can’t even determine what a catch is, it will be interesting to see how they rule in the Manziel case, especially if it’s anywhere as gruesome as the Rice video.  They better rule right because it’s only a matter of time before TMZ, the NFL’s bane, makes this video public.  America is waiting.

We all get that we’re going to spend our Sundays watching football regardless of what abusive scumbags so many NFL players might be.  It’s the hypocrisy of us.  However, if Goodell truly wants to make this a no excuse league, he must follow through with his hard line on domestic violence.  I don’t give a fuck how talented or troubled the guy is.  PSAs are one thing.  Acting on them is another.

Manziel-mania has gone on for far too long.  It’d be laughable if it weren’t so sad.

The NFL has institutions in place to help players in need of counseling for substance abuse but as they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.  Ironically, it is Manziel’s drinking that will be his downfall.

Johnny be bad

This is a tragic story, really, not that any of us give a fuck about Johnny Manziel anymore, particularly if he struck his girlfriend.  There’s no way this isn’t going to end badly so put on your seatbelts.

His father recently told the Dallas Morning news that “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”  How’s that for quality parenting?  No wonder the kid is such a fuck up.

Anyone who’s dealt with addiction issues understands that the only person who can help Johnny Manziel is Johnny Manziel.  And right now, he’s nowhere close.  Perhaps the only way to cure him is to lock his ass up, which he should be, at least for a while if he’s found to have struck his partner.

When all the evidence is released, if found guilty, the NFL needs to be firm with its suspension, which might not even matter considering once the Browns cut him, it’s almost inconceivable that anyone else will take a chance on him.

I recently wrote how Major League Baseball could not consider appealing Jenrry Mejia’s lifetime ban for failing a third drug test.  For too long the sport had been soft on HGH.  Baseball had to take a stand.  If Manziel is found guilty of battery, the NFL cannot back down.  They must levy the appropriate penalty.  What’s the point of having a policy if it’s not going to be enforced?

We don’t know much about the incident… but we soon will.  Understandably the league is taking its time to determine what happened, something it didn’t do in the Ray Rice case.

One can only hope Manziel will be dealt with swiftly.  But then again, it’s the NFL.

14 thoughts on “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Johnny Football

  1. As one who deals with addiction every day, I sympathize for him on that front. As to not doing his job and hitting women on top of that, I have no sympathy! On my worst day, I’ve never gone there. I agree with you, the NFL must cut him loose – you have to hit bottom to truly fix your life.

  2. For the life of me I don’t know why “everything with him” plays out in slow-motion. I know part of it is because of the sad franchise who enabled him…but how many instances of bad behavior does he have to be a part of to just go away? Joseph Randle certainly didn’t take this long…

  3. Two-game suspension for Ray Rice for cold-cocking his girlfriend in an elevator, reassessed ONLY after the video of the incident went viral.

    Wasn’t Goodell’s initial judgement against Tom Brady over Deflategate three games?

    Guess we know what’s more important to the commish.

    Now this kid. I’m all for giving second chances, but the perpetrator has to show remorse. This kid seems to think he’s entitled. Give him a lifetime suspension and he’ll likely shoot someone.

  4. Let’s see Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam is also blaming the Aggies’ coaching staff and Athletics Department of lying , when the NFL franchise made inquiries about Johnny Manziel’s psyche. Jimmy Haslam is just as fu#king dumb , as the player they drafted in the first round. With all of the news concerning Manziel’s off the field problems , how the hell is it the front office of the Cleveland Browns didn’t believe Johnny Manziel did not have an issue, given his on and off the issues since he began playing for Texas A &M ?

    The NFL general managers and owners might be even dumber than the @ssholes in Congress . And that’s saying a great deal as far as I concerned .

    Jimmy Haslam given his business proclivities for fraud , needs to just shut the ###k up and look for front office and coaching staff who know what the hell they are doing.

  5. i feel sorry for his addiction and whatever demons he’s fighting
    but if the allegations are true about him striking his girlfriend…
    then i have no sympathy for him
    the likelihood that no nfl team would touch him after that is immaterial
    goddell and the nfl needs to send a message here
    anything less that prompt/strict action would be shameful and abhorrent

  6. Don’t get me wrong, Conrad.

    If I lived in Cleveland, I’d want to fly out to Vegas every chance I got as well but damn, how does a coach not put his foot up your ass if you come to a team meeting reeking of booze?

  7. Bleed…

    You’re gonna go ahead and make me Google Dickie Roberts, aren’t you?

    Oh, ok, David Spade. Can’t be that bad then. Where does it rank on a scale of one to Joe Dirt?

  8. So far, Guest, remorse doesn’t exist in this kid’s dictionary.

    And yea, pot smokers were getting suspended for more games that wife beaters.

    One would think Goodell and company could have remedied that before public opinion turned on ’em.

  9. Yea, Al, I’m not entirely sure a team doing their due diligence is asking a school’s AD about how a kid acts. They might want to delve a little deeper if they’re going to risk a first round pick and the future of their franchise on a quarterback who may or may not have a few issues.

    But then again, we are talking about the Cleveland Browns.

  10. Irish…

    So the Brownies are going to cut him soon.

    Then he’ll try to land with another team.

    And THEN he’ll have to sit out the six-game suspension if he’s found guilty of any charges.

    Again, there’s a reason no team picked up Ray Rice.

  11. Great little article and fairly put about his addiction problems. One thing that I think we all forget though is that Johnny “football” has been praised all his life on and off the field because all school, college coaches , scouts or mentors believe they have the next big thing which equals their next big commission pay out. He obviously needs great help and the NFL and his family can help become the great team leader we all know he cld be.

  12. JEP…

    Then that’s on them and their consciences. Somewhere along the line, someone must have told this kid to cool his jets, to assume some inking of responsibility. From the sounds of it, it sure wasn’t his daddy.

    But ultimately, it’s JohnJohn’s life and he’s going to make of it, or destroy of it, as he sees fit.

    I heard today that there’s yet another video of him making it rain in a strip club in Miami. This guy is currently under investigation for assault and is about as out of the league as he can get.

    If I were him, I’d considering stashing away some of that money.

    Thanks for chiming in, brother.

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