Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has long been a staunch supporter of his former quarterback, Johnny Manziel. But even the coach is willing to acknowledge that the player’s partying habits have to end soon.
“Pro football is a job,” Sumlin told Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel in an episode of Fox Sports’ The Audible. “I know from his competitive nature, he loves the game. Without a doubt, there’s a lot of things going on in his life that if he’s serious about playing professional football he’s got to change.
“Whatever that perception is has become reality for him and he’s got to look that in the eye and say, ‘Alright, here’s a situation. Here’s what people think. … What are the issues right now?’ He’s got to address those.”
Manziel, 23, was praised by Sumlin last year for his decision to enter rehab. The Texas A&M coach accepted some blame for the university not helping the quarterback more. But since leaving rehab, Manziel’s partying hasn’t seemed to slow at all, and the former Heisman Trophy winner was last seen at a club in Las Vegas with celebrity chef Mario Batali.
A first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel lasted just two seasons with the team before he was released earlier in March. The Browns hired Hue Jackson as coach, and the former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator wasted no time saying Manziel’s behavior would not be tolerated on his team.