Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner who earned the nickname Johnny Football for his on-field heroics at Texas A&M, has long been intertwined with hip-hop. Most famously, his pal Drake name-dropped him on Lauryn Hill-sampling 2014 loosie “Draft Day.” Unfortunately, Manziel also has a reputation for self-destructive partying, which has made him the subject of plenty scrutiny and sensationalism during his tenure in Cleveland, and Drake’s other pal Future has provided the soundtrack for many of Manziel’s antics.
Manziel spent 10 weeks in rehab earlier this year and seemed to be on the same page as his coaching staff. But when the Instagram account @bustedcoverage posted video of Manziel drinking champagne and turning up to Future’s “March Madness” during the Browns’ bye week last month, Browns coach Mike Pettine demoted him from first string to third string.
Since then Manziel has regained his starting spot for the typically, comically, biblically woeful Browns. But as Complex points out, yet another video of Manziel drinking while rapping along to “March Madness” has emerged. This time Manziel is in a home rather than a club, he’s wearing a Christmas sweater emblazoned with the phrase “Merry Manziel,” Four Loko is the beverage of choice, and the footage is punctuated with a dab because of course it is.
Coach Pettine told ESPN yesterday that he hadn’t seen the video yet but would meet with Manziel to discuss it: “Any time there’s something with our players that casts them potentially in a bad light, whether it’s Johnny or any of our other guys, it’s certainly a concern. I’m sure I’ll see it and have a discussion with him about it.” Thankfully, ESPN’s reporter got the impression that Manziel won’t be penalized this time, and Pettine made it clear that the QB’s performance during games and practice has been strictly professional. Let the man live!