Manziel says he’ll keep on partying
BEREA, Ohio – Tired of scrutiny about how he spends his weekends away from football and drained by the spotlight that follows him, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he has no plans to tone down his lifestyle.
I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong, he said.
Speaking at an event with other AFC rookies, Manziel said he’s been bothered by recent criticism.
Manziel’s weekend adventures – hanging out poolside with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Las Vegas, photographed on a swan raft while drinking champagne, shown in a video talking into a stack of money as if it were a phone – have added to the legend of Johnny Football.
In the past few days, Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and Warren Moon have said Manziel should focus on his playing career and curtail the other stuff.
I’m not going to change who I am for anybody, Manziel said. I’m growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again, but am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything?
I’m very committed to football. I’m committed to my job, but on the weekends, I’m going to enjoy my time off. We deserve it.
– Associated Press