Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns have no problems with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s off-field activities as long as they don’t affect his work on the field.
“He’s a young guy. He’s done everything that we’ve asked. The playbook has not been an issue for him,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “Internally, we have an expectation for all of our players outside of the building to act a certain way, and it’s really a non-issue.”
“Just like everybody else, he’s a man and we’re gonna treat our guys like that until proven that they need to be treated otherwise. I’m not going to micromanage our players outside of the building,” he added.
Pettine made the reaction after Manziel was spotted leaving a club with a bus full of women, partying hard in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend and apparently intoxicated on an inflatable swan at a San Antonio pool party.
Pettine said he has no questions about Manziel’s love for the game, so he won’t hold his fame against him. And that a lot of folks are jealous of his fame.
For now, Manziel continues to battle Brian Hoyer for the team’s starting job. Since Hoyer isn’t fully recovered from his ACL surgery, Manziel is taking first team snaps during 11-on-11 drills.