Manziel Issues Statement Thanking Everyone for Support


After months in rehab, Johnny Manziel may be exiting those doors a far more humble player and person than he was when he signed on with the Cleveland Browns last year.

After completing inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse at Caron treatment center, he’s issued a statement of thanks to all those who supported him not only during rehab, but also during his tumultuous rookie season. He even acknowledges the disappointments of that campaign.

Here’s the statement in its entirety, via the Browns’ website:

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

Pretty well put. I’m not sure if checking into rehab will give him a pass for his previous bad acts, including sleeping through team meetings with a hangover and whatnot.  But it’s certainly a step in the right direction for the fallen star, who is now stepping into his sophomore year fighting for the job of starting quarterback.

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