The worried dad of troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel has revealed his son is self-destructing and suicidal.
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Paul Manziel told how he fears his son will be dead before his next birthday and admitted the family had made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the the player into rehab.
He said: “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,”
Last winter the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who entered the NFL with a party-boy reputation, spent 73 days in a treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency.
The 23-year-old’s troubles recently worsened when he became the focus of a police investigation following allegations he hit his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, last weekend in Texas.
He has also been told he will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month after two tumultuous seasons.
And last Friday his agent Erik Burkhardt dropped him as a client and said: ‘Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands.”
In 2014 Manziel signed a contract with the Browns worth about $8.25million, including a $4.3million signing bonus.
It’s estimated $6.7million of that contract is guaranteed to the player.