Johnny Manziel said a national report that some of his teammates “kept their hands to themselves” and didn’t acknowledge him during pre-game introductions “seems ridiculous” — and a video review doesn’t show anyone snubbing him, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Fox Sports’ Pam Oliver, who worked the sideline for the Browns-Bengals game Sunday, reported on CBS’ show “We Need to Talk” that some of Johnny Manziel’s teammates kept their hands to themselves during pre-game introductions and refused to acknowledge him before the 30-0 loss.
But a review of the video from several angles by Northeast Ohio Media Group showed all the players slapping hands with Manziel as he ran out of the tunnel.
“Mike Pettine, when he was debating about Brian Hoyer, he said all the right things about how (the Browns) were winning with him. To make that flip flop to Manziel – I don’t think (Manziel’s) teammates have embraced him just yet,” Oliver said Tuesday night on “We Need to Talk.” I was watching the introduction line with the pyrotechnics and all of that, and everybody runs through (their teammates). He was the last one to go. Some people kept their hands to themselves (and didn’t acknowledge him).”
Manziel was actually in the middle of the pack and not last to run out. Messages to Oliver were not immediately returned.
“That just seems ridiculous,” Manziel during his weekly press conference Wednesday.
Manziel, who will start Sunday’s game in Carolina, said his teammates have supported him fully, before, during and after the loss.
“Sure, guys have obviously come up to me and kept me up because it’s hard,” he said. “Obviously like I said, it’s the first shutout for me in my career and it leaves a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, but the biggest thing that’s helped me is being in this building and these guys obviously aren’t letting one game get to us and get too down. Really, this is my sanctuary. This is where I need to be in here and know that these people in this building have my back and this place is really the best for me.”