From all reports, Manziel will be indicted Monday on domestic violence charges. Before it gets that far, the man once known as Johnny Football because of his ability to avoid trouble on a football field should make a preemptive move to do the same.
First he needs to officially distance himself from all the enablers who allow him to squander what was once a promising future. They won’t be hanging with him when he’s nothing more than a young has-been. Might as well cut ’em loose now.
Next he needs to announce he’s going back to rehab, no matter what happens with his legal issues.
And then he needs to convince NFL teams that he’s serious about redeeming himself.
Frankly, No. 3 might be the most difficult.
Because it’s not as if he’s done enough on the field lately to persuade anyone that he’s worth the gamble. Just because the Rams and Eagles have cashed in their drafts for Jared Goff and Carson Wentz doesn’t mean teams are desperate enough to risk their future at the game’s most critical position on a player who doesn’t take seriously the responsibilities of life, much less his position.
Anyone who had a sliver of hope for Manziel’s NFL future wondered what it would take to snap him out of his obstinate insistence on doing it his way. He seems less a victim of addiction than being a willful, spoiled brat.
Maybe a grand jury can provide the wake-up call that he so obviously needs. If it doesn’t save his football career, maybe they can at least keep him off the streets.
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