Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — After social media posts surfaced allegedly showing Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel partying over the weekend, “Johnny Football” is now going to serve as a third option and Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback.
Browns coach Mike Pettine announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday.
“Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room,” Pettine said. “I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level. It goes well beyond the field. We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward.”
Manziel has been in similar situations in the past and he spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility during the offseason for undisclosed reasons.
Last month, Manziel was in the news after witnesses reported him driving dangerously and his girlfriend said he had gotten physical with her.
Just last week, the NFL announced Manziel would not face discipline for the incident.
“It’s a little easier to handle when it’s just a one-time occurrence, but when behavior repeats, not just him but with anybody, it’s certainly a cause for concern.”
“You have a vision of what you want the team to look like, how you want them to handle themselves when they’re out of the building. We talk a lot about it … so when things like this happen — and not just him, but just in general — any team when you have incidents like that [where] a guy knows that he represents more than himself and has issues off the field, it is frustrating,” Pettine added.
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