Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel broke his silence Wednesday and spoke for the first time since the end of last season, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. A lot has happened since then, including 10 weeks of rehab at the Caron addiction treatment center.
Here are a few quick highlights:
• He said the Johnny Football persona overtook him and he wants to quiet the noise. “The money sign will not be back.”
• He said he doesn’t want to talk about going to rehab and all that it entailed. “I’m trying to close a chapter on my life.”
• He acknowledged, “I was a little bit of a distraction last year and I feel bad about that.”
• He graded his two starts last season as a “disaster.”
• He regretted that his teammates have had to answer endless questions about him.
• He said we’ll know he’s different this year “by my actions.”
• He said, “I haven’t given up on the fact the Browns brought me in here to be a first-round pick.”
• He admitted he’s “not proud of the chapter” of his life that was the tumultuous 2014 season.