Johnny Manziel says it's time for him to stop acting like a 'jackass'

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel acknowledged that he needs to clean up his act.

After missing treatment for a hamstring injury and a practice Saturday morning, Manziel said he didn't throw a party and instead was out with friends from Texas.

“There’s nothing I can sit here and tell you that’s going to do any good,” Manziel said. “It’s about action. It’s about being accountable and doing what I’m going to say, instead of looking like a jackass.”

Manziel said he needs to take his job more seriously.

“There’s not a bit of doubt in my mind that I’m serious about everything I’m talking about,” Manziel said. “But at the same time, you can talk and say this all you want, but when your actions don’t reflect that, and you make a conscious decision to put yourself in the position that you stay out too late and not wake up the next morning, it’s going to cause a lot of trouble.

“I brought this on myself. I brought these cameras. I don’t think it’s fair to myself, not fair to anybody in this locker room, the distractions that I brought at a point in time. I’m sorry to these guys who are veterans in this locker room and know what it takes. I’m having to learn the hard way. At the same time, I’m either going to learn or I’m going to find something else to do.”

Manziel said it's time to change.

"It’s time to look myself in the mirror and really hold myself accountable and start making some deals with my life, and these problems that are occurring every now and then, they’re just bumps, and things in the past have kind of caught up with me," he said. "Just as I’ve done with things in the past, I need to start doing every single thing in the right way in everything. And if I don’t do that I’m going to be exposed.

Manziel said he thinks he'll be allowed to compete for the starting job.

“I think I did grow up, and then I took a step back. It’s the same story with me,” Manziel said. “Let’s take one step forward, but then we’re taking two steps back. Now it’s in my court. It’s what do I want to do and what do I want to be known as? Do I want to be known as a guy who was in this league for 2 years and doing something else with his life, or do I want to come in here and compete and give this thing a fair chance and work my ass off and be the player I know I can be and be the person and player that I know I am? Now am I going to put the time in? Am I going to do what I need to do to be successful. That’s what it comes down to."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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