Browns quarterback Manziel enters treatment facility

Mon Feb 2, 2015 3:44pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner with a well-documented penchant for partying, has entered a treatment facility to deal with personal problems, his adviser said on Monday.

Manziel, who struggled to live up to his status as a first-round draft pick this season, entered treatment on Wednesday, the adviser, Brad Beckworth, said in a statement.

"Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the offseason," Beckworth said.

"On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland."

The problem for which Manziel was seeking treatment was not specified nor was the name of the facility.

  Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said: "We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process.

"Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same."

Manziel, 22, played most of the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer, starting just two games. He completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards and had two interceptions and zero touchdowns.   Continued...

Dec 21, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA;  Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) prepares to throw the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports