Continuing his apparent downward spiral, free agent NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has officially been dropped by agent Drew Rosenhaus, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing a league source. The move marks the second time in as many months an agent has cut ties with Manziel.
The decision from Rosenhaus — who last week gave Manziel five days to get help before he would officially terminate the contract — marks the latest instance of continuing tumult for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, who was released by the team in March. Last week Rosenhaus said he told Manziel, colloquially called Johnny Football, that he had dropped him as a client but would reconsider if he sought help.
He cut ties with Manziel "in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs," Rosenhaus said last week to ESPN. "I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I'm hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track."
Manziel previously admitted himself to a facility for alcohol abuse treatment before the 2015 season, but a spate of photos showing him partying have again popped up this offseason. He did not apparently seek help within Rosenhaus' time frame.
The 2012 Heisman winner out of Texas A&M University also faces legal issues stemming from a January incident involving his ex-girlfriend. According to the Associated Press, a Dallas grand jury is scheduled to decide whether to charge Manziel with attacking Colleen Crowley, who has alleged he dragged her into a car and hit her so hard she lost hearing in one ear.
Police initially presented a misdemeanor assault case to prosecutors. If found guilty, the 23-year-old could face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
And now Drew Rosenhaus officially has terminated Johnny Manziel, making him second agent in two months to fire the talented and troubled QB.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2016