Report: Browns lied about Manziel’s concussion to cover drinking

The Johnny Manziel three-ring circus is officially in full swing, as if it wasn’t before. According to NFL.com’s Mike Silver, the Cleveland Browns lied about the second-year quarterback’s alleged concussion late in the season.

Rather, that story was a cover-up for the reality: Manziel showed up to practice drunk one Wednesday.

“Johnny Manziel, going into what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday. The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me repeat that: The Browns lied, to try to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man,” Silver said, citing what an anonymous Browns player had told him.

There are a couple of takeaways from this. First, Manziel’s NFL career is all but dead in the water at this point, especially with Fort Worth police conducting a domestic violence investigation into a recent incident between himself and ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. This investigation is taking place on top of one being conducted by the NFL.

Second, the fact that the Browns covered up the actual truth is a testament to just how poorly the organization is run. Rather than risk a PR nightmare that, while bad, would have eventually petered out, team management instead opted to lie and say that Manziel suffered a concussion in practice.

Simply put, that’s not going to fly well with anybody.

Hopefully, dealing with Manziel serves as a wakeup call for GM Sashi Brown and owner Jimmy Haslam, who have a long way to go in terms of rebuilding the Browns…again.

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