After a controversial rookie season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment facility on Wednesday (Jan. 28), in an attempt to improve his off-field lifestyle.
“Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step,” adviser Brad Beckworth said, according to ESPN.
“On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”
Johnny Football is expected to be in rehab for, at least, a few weeks, but a source close to the QB says the time frame depends largely on what doctors recommend. However, details about the nature of the treatment facility are unclear.
According to ESPN’s report, Manziel has already begun his shift to re-focus. He was offered six figures to host a Super Bowl party at a Las Vegas casino, but declined.
In a statement, Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team supports Manziel’s decision.
“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns,” Farmer said.
“We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”