A week after Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was discharged from rehab, he issued a statement apologizing to the organization and their fans.
Manziel entered himself into rehab for potential substance abuse. He was treated for 10 weeks in an alcohol and drug-abuse facility.
“I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down,” Manziel said in the statement. “I take full responsibility for my actions, and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.”
Manziel asked that people “try to respect my privacy”.
Manziel was a risk coming out of Texas A&M because of his well-documented nightlife habits. He frequently partied, with pictures on Twitter and Instagram to prove it. The Browns took a chance on him by drafting him in the first round of last year’s draft.
He started two games as a rookie last season while appearing in five games. In a start against the Cincinnati Bengals, Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions. He completed 3-of-8 passes in a start against the Carolina Panthers, but he left the game early due to a hamstring injury.