Johnny Manziel doesn’t have a team, but he does have a four-game suspension, this after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Whether Manziel actually serves that suspension remains to be seen.
“Overwhelmingly no, I don’t think he’s going to get (another) shot (in the NFL),” Bleacher Report NFL writer Jason Cole said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Nobody’s ever going to trust him again. He told TMZ he’s going to get sober on July 1, right? Well, couldn’t he have started on June 30th? If you’re changing your life, doesn’t it start now? (Shouldn’t you say), ‘I’m telling you today, as of this moment, I’m done.’ No, it’s July 1 – because I’ve got to get a couple of hours in because I’ve got a big (party) I’ve got to hit tonight. That’s basically the message that you hear from Johnny Manziel. So yeah, I don’t trust anything that he says.”
Cole also called out Manziel and TMZ for what appears to be a business relationship.
“I’ve got to believe he’s got some kind of agreement with TMZ to provide content,” Cole said. “TMZ, it should be called JM. I think that they’re fronting all the cash for the cars and for the houses and probably for the drugs, too. I’m being facetious, but he shows up on TMZ like every third day. This is a partnership. It’s a partnership agreement.”
Manziel, 23, isn’t the only player in hot water for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. So too is Rolando McClain, who has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season. The 26-year-old Dallas linebacker missed the first four games of last season for violating the same policy.
Cole wasn’t surprised.
“We’ve been down this road with Rolando McClain before,” Cole said. “He doesn’t love football. Look, I don’t have a problem with guys who take drugs in the NFL. What I have a problem with is guys who value drugs more than they value playing football – because there are really simple rules. The leagues doesn’t make this real hard for guys. Follow a few simple rules, know when you’re not supposed to take stuff, know when you’re going to be tested. Even when you get in trouble, they want to cut you a bunch of breaks because they want you on the field. They’d rather have you out on the field playing and helping them make money than not. Despite what everybody thinks, the NFL does not want to keep players off the field. But at a certain point, if you can’t keep it under control, the reason is because you like drugs more than you like playing football – and that is a problem.”