Johnny Manziel’s life continues to spiral out of control and his hopes of playing football again took a hit Thursday.
Days after telling TMZ.com that he planned to get sober starting July 1, Manziel was suspended by the NFL for 4 games for violating the league’s policies on substances of abuse.
TMZ first reported Manziel’s suspension.
Manziel was released by the Browns in March following allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in Dallas on Jan. 29. The case is still pending and he could face additional punishment from the league under terms of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Since his release Manziel has continued his pattern of drinking and partying while showing up in numerous online videos. He’s also been accused of damaging a house he rented in Los Angeles and recently was involved in a minor car accident.
No team has considered signing Manziel and the suspension will take affect when or if he does sign with a club.
Manziel’s father, who previously said that he feared his son would not live to see his next birthday, expressed the family’s exhausted desperation to help the troubled former Heisman Trophy winner and first round pick in an interview with ESPN last week. Manziel, who is currently vacationing in Mexico, trolled his dad in an Instagram post while wearing a No. 12 Josh Gordon jersey by using “hidad” in a hashtag.
Gordon has his application for reinstatement denied by the NFL earlier this year and he currently remains suspended. He can re-apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1.
The suspension may enable the Browns to argue to the league that they should not have to pay the remaining $2.173 million in guaranteed money remaining on his contract.