It’s common in sports to see athletes drop their agents — the reverse is not as prevalent.
However, that is exactly what happened to former Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel this month. Twice.
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus has officially dropped Manziel as a client, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Rosenhaus had given the troubled former Heisman Trophy winner an ultimatum last week to either get help or risk losing an agent for the second time in recent weeks.
The edict came after Manziel spent time partying in the Los Angeles area. The former Browns quarterback lied to a TMZ cameraman about living with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Manziel was later found to be reportedly living with suspended former Browns teammate Josh Gordon. Gordon is indefinitely suspended for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
In the days following the comments to TMZ, Manziel was sued for roughly $32,000 in damages by a California homeowner, who rented his house to Manziel and returned to find broken items along with drugs and alcohol present. The plaintiff claimed Manziel was passed out around noon amid what he claimed was cocaine and mushrooms.
If Manziel does make it back to an NFL roster, he will have to do so with a new agent who is willing to do what Manziel may eventually ask of NFL teams.
Take a chance.