Report: The Browns Said Johnny Manziel Had A Concussion When He Was Actually Just Drunk
According to Mike Silver of the NFL Network, the Cleveland Browns lied about the status of troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel after he showed up to practice drunk on a Wednesday, saying he had a concussion in order to "protect and enable" him.
It's a bombshell of a report, and Silver minced no words. "The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol... Let me repeat that: the Browns lied." You can watch video of Silver here.
Back in the week leading up to the Browns Week 17 finale, Manziel was suddenly and mysteriously placed in concussion protocol. This ended up being a source of confusion when Manziel was reported to have "skipped" a mandatory meeting with the team medic on Sunday. No wonder Manziel didn't show up -- the guy wasn't concussed, just hammered.
The Manziel situation is now completely out of control. Not only is he a legitimate danger to himself, but he is alleged to have beaten his ex-girlfriend in a horrifying manner, rendering her temporarily deaf in one ear. And meanwhile, the Browns did their best to keep him out of the headlines, for reasons that aren't quite clear. It ended up helping nobody, and in fact may have enabled him further. That's a serious violation, and not just ethically: The league office will punish the Browns if this report is true.
Props should go to Andrea Kramer for the way she framed the discussion of getting help in the NFL Network segment with Silver. That's about the only person who comes out ahead after this one.
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