Johnny Manziel’s newest effort for public sympathy was a great effort — and doubtless real one. He opened up with “Good Morning America” about his struggles with psychological well being in a sobering interview throughout which he stated he’s been coping with bipolar dysfunction.
However he doesn’t deserve to return again to the NFL to compete for a job at quarterback — not even shut.
Whether or not affected by a psychological well being concern or not, Manziel is simply two years faraway from a authorized indictment of assault, which is described on a police report in terrifying style. Manziel struck his ex-girlfriend repeatedly, pressured her right into a automotive with him and threatened to kill them each. He might have been affected by bipolar dysfunction, however whether or not mentally wholesome or unhealthy, that’s legally and morally unacceptable conduct.
Manziel wants extra help, extra assist — he doesn’t want the highlight.
And the NFL shouldn’t abandon him. The NFL owes these gamers healthcare for all times, so far as I’m involved. With all the information we have now about how repeated blows to the head can impression a soccer participant’s mind, an NFL contract also needs to include a partial possession of each participant’s well being points that happen in that mind. It doesn’t matter that bipolar dysfunction has not been linked to CTE.
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NFL government vice chairman of operations Troy Vincent informed WTEL-AM in Philadelphia that the NFL was, certainly, making an attempt to do every thing they might to assist Manziel in 2016.
“You see his mother and father and when the father speaks out about dropping his son to probably substance abuse, you already know there’s an issue and you understand Johnny’s not returning telephone calls, he’s in totally different states. You sort of see him, you get his discover of the place he’s based mostly off of social media, and that’s a problem however we gained’t cease, we’ll proceed to maintain reaching out. Letting Johnny know that we love him, we look after him and that we’re right here when he’s prepared and needs and is ready to settle for help, we’ll be there for him.”
Time for the NFL to place their cash the place their mouth is.
As soon as a rising star in the NFL, Manziel might turn into an envoy for the league. If he has actually gotten his life again on monitor and his dysfunction underneath management, then maybe he’d settle for a place with the league to assist them with psychological well being points. He might converse at the rookie symposium, function a mentor to gamers coping with psychological well being points and assist coordinate these gamers with the correct medical assist.
That’s how Manziel can contribute to the NFL. However as a quarterback? No method, no how. Not any time quickly.
In league the place kicker Josh Brown and defensive finish Gregy Hardy should not have jobs, Manziel shouldn’t grow to be the face of a franchise — he shouldn’t even be the backup for the face of an NFL franchise. He had his probability, and confirmed he wasn’t proper for the job. It’s time for everybody to maneuver on, particularly Manziel.