Johnny Manziel suspended four games for violating NFL substance-abuse policy

The domestic violence accusation was the final straw for the Browns. "We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field," Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. "Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time." Manziel was previously investigated in October by Ohio police for allegedly hitting Crowley. He wasn't arrested and eventually was cleared by the NFL under its personal-conduct policy. On Oct. 13, Manziel and Crowley got into an argument where she told police that Manziel beat her and shoved her head into the glass before taking back the allegations. "I appreciate the NFL's diligence and discretion in reviewing a situation that was both personal and embarrassing," Manziel said in a statement when he was cleared by the NFL. "Colleen and I cooperated fully with the NFL's process and completely support their goals of making sure that every family under their umbrella is safer and more secure. I'm grateful that the review was so thorough and fair that there should be no question left in the public mind about what actually happened.'' Signed to a four-year, $8.254 million rookie contract that included a $4.318 million signing bonus and $7.707 million guaranteed after being drafted 22nd overall in the first round following a stellar career in College Station, Manziel never lived up to expectations in Cleveland. He squandered the Browns' investment with repeated bad behavior and became a fixture on social media with videos and photographs showing him partying, including rolling a $20 bill in Las Vegas and chugging champagne on a swan float at an Austin nightclub. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to draft Manziel two years ago, but was talked out of it by his son, Stephen Jones, and they wisely instead drafted Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. It proved to be a wise decision. Manziel frequently travels to Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he wore a blonde wig and a fake mustache and went by an alias, Billy. He's a fixture for paparazzi photos of him leaving and exiting nightclubs, often appearing disheveled and inebriated Manziel lost his starting job during the season when he lied to Browns coach Mike Pettine and told him that videos of him partying were outdated. He later regained his starting job, but Pettine said Manziel had "deeper-rooted" problems than the team was aware of when they drafted him and said the undersized, talented quarterback had violated his trust. Manziel went 2-4 as a starter last season and 2-6 overall in two NFL seasons. He passed for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions last season with a 79.4 passer rating. Manziel has passed for 1,675 career yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Whether Manziel will ever play in another NFL game and realize the vast potential he displayed in College Station remains in serious doubt. Manziel has more important issues to deal with before he can ever have hope of resuming his football career.
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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