Johnny Manziel's father thinks his son will die in the next year if he doesn't get professional help.
"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News in a report out on Friday. Manziel turned 23 in December.
Manziel has had a tumultuous few years since the Cleveland Browns selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2014. Most recently, a police report implicated him in a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend, with Manziel allegedly telling her, "Shut up or I'll kill us both." No charges were filed in that case, but the fallout continued when his agent dropped him on Friday morning.
Paul Manziel told the DMN's Kate Hairopoulos that he tried on Tuesday to check his son into a treatment center:
Paul Manziel said that he tried to have his son admitted Tuesday to Carrollton Springs Hospital, but that Johnny was allowed to leave. Paul Manziel said that he is upset that his son was allowed to walk away after Paul told a Denton County Sheriff officer that he believed Johnny to be suicidal. A public information officer from the Denton County Sheriff's office said it has no record of Manziel coming into contact with an officer. Carrollton Springs is a 45-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital in Carrollton, providing inpatient and outpatient treatment to adults suffering from mental illness and/or addiction, according to its website.
The Browns issued a critical statement on Manziel earlier in the week, saying they'd address his status with the franchise "when permitted by league rules" and wouldn't comment further. Follow up reports said the team planned to release him in March, at the official start of the 2016 league year. At this point, though, Johnny's issues go deeper than football.