Johnny Manziel has partied himself right out of the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback job.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said last week that he expected Manziel to start the last six games of the regular season, even when veteran Josh McCown returned from a rib injury.
That all changed Tuesday, when video surfaced of Manziel partying last weekend, which saw the Browns on a bye. Manziel’s high-octane social life was an issue during his career at Texas A&M, and were enough of a problem last season that Manziel spent 10 weeks in rehab during the offseason.
Pettine originally told reporters that he was reconsidering his decision to start Manziel, then made it official, announcing in a statement that Manziel will be demoted to third string for Monday’s game against the Ravens.
“Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room,” Pettine said in the statement. ” I’m especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard.”
Last month, Manziel was questioned by police after witnesses saw him driving dangerously while having a physical confrontation with his girlfriend. While officers said they could smell alcohol on his breath, he did not appear drunk, and was allowed to return home. No charges were filed and the NFL decided last week not to discipline him for the incident.
However, after promising to be on his best behavior during the bye week, he was caught on video at a nightclub in Austin with a bottle in his hand.
“He still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level,” Pettine said later in the statement. “It goes well beyond the field.
“We are going to continue to support him in every way possible, but at this point, we’ve decided it’s best to go with Josh as the starter going forward.”