Johnny Manziel’s father told ESPN on Friday that his son is a drug addict and would like to see him in jail for his own benefit.
“He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie,” Paul Manziel told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say.
“I mean, I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him.”
Paul Manziel said he and his family have done all that they can do to help his troubled son over the past few years and listed death as a possible result of his addictions.
“You have no idea. And the system failed,” he said. “I had him in rehab and he escaped and the doctors let him go, and that is a whole other story. So I mean I had him [in rehab] and the system failed. It didn’t work.
“He has more money than me, so he can outrun me. Like I said, there are two things that are going to happen: He’s either going to die, or he’s going to figure out that he needs help. It’s one of the two. But we’ve done everything that we can do. Life goes on. You can’t just chase somebody that’s not willing to listen. The story is not going to change. It’s the same.”
Paul Manziel’s comments come just days after Johnny Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Dallas. He wasn’t seriously injured in the incident.
“I’m done. I’m done talking about it,” Paul Manziel said. “I’m doing my job, and I’m going to move on. If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own. I’ve done everything I can do. There is nothing [else] I can do as a father. Nothing. … It is what it is. He’s a druggie, and everybody needs to accept it.”
Earlier Friday, the lawyer in Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case mistakenly sent a text to the Associated Press, doubting the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M can stay sober.
Manziel, a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was released by the Cleveland Browns after two seasons in March.
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