What In The World Is Johnny Manziel Trying To Prove Right Now?
Johnny Manziel is back in the news yet again today. And while it’s actually kind of nice to see him making headlines for doing something other than running into trouble with the law or partying at a nightclub, Manziel is, unfortunately, bringing a lot of negative attention to himself, and he’s also not doing himself any favors if he truly plans on trying to make a comeback in the NFL at some point.
Early Tuesday, photos of Manziel on an airplane in a Browns jersey started making the rounds on social media. Initially, some people suspected Manziel was wearing his own jersey, but as it turns out, he was wearing the jersey of his former teammate Josh Gordon. Manziel was on board the plane headed for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico—the same place he visited back in February after getting into an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend—and he looked like he was reveling in the attention that his Browns jersey was bringing him.
Throughout the course of the day, Manziel made headlines for wearing the jersey with most people wondering why he would choose to wear it given the fact that he has parted ways with Cleveland. But shortly after landing at his final destination, Manziel jumped on Instagram to let everyone that he had seen the headlines—and that he was not going to take off the jersey. For a week. No, really, he’s committed to the cause.
“I won’t take this thing off for a week,” he said, while addressing Gordon in his post. “You my brother FOR LIFE. JUST WAIT ON THIS COMEBACK!!! #CaboWabo #JoshAintHere #hiDad #HappyBdayDaveEvans.”
Manziel’s entire IG post was sort of bizarre, but the weirdest part of it might have been the #hiDad hashtag. Manziel’s father talked to ESPN.com last week and said that he hopes his son lands in jail eventually so that he can get himself clean. That Manziel chose to include that in what might otherwise be a funny IG post was a bit peculiar and possibly even a cause for concern. It’s not just that he’s in Cabo for the week, it’s that he’s openly defying those who are pleading with him to stop partying and get help.
At the end of the day, what Manziel did on Tuesday isn’t the end of the world. It’s the kind of thing you would expect from a kid in his early 20s. But Manziel isn’t just some kid anymore, and he doesn’t have the luxury of doing stuff like this and getting away with it. So you have to wonder: Why did he decide to turn what could have been a quick trip to San Cabo into yet another media circus? It’s the exact sort of thing that continues to keep Manziel in the news for all the wrong reasons.