This week, new Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was the victim of a bogus sexual harassment hoax where the “accuser” wanted $25 million dollars from him. The person who filed used the name of an anchor in Florida as the alias for filing. While the story ended up as bogus, this could be a true wake-up sign for Johnny Football as to how true fame & stardom works at the next level.
Many of us know about Johnny Manziel’s partying ways in college while at Texas A&M, rubbing much of the media the wrong way. The interesting note was that despite all of the fun & hijinks, Manziel still performed on the field, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as a redshirt freshman, & having a nice comeback season where his stats in 2013 were actually better than in 2012, earning him a 1st round NFL Draft selection from the Browns earlier in May.
Undoubtedly, many teams were uncomfortable with Manziel’s off field ways, seeing him with a bunch of women, hanging out & almost flaunting that he was friends with LeBron James, Drake & other prominent TV personalities, throwing out pitches at games, being courtside at NBA games – before he was remotely eligible to be an NFL Draft selection.
Since he has been drafted into the league, before he has played a single down of an NFL game, Manziel is regarded has the new king of Cleveland, which is nothing that Manziel or the Cleveland Browns created, but this play & personality intrigues the fans of Cleveland, who haven’t had that level of star power since LeBron James.
One of the pitfalls of being a famous professional athlete is the fact that there are times when women will come out of the woodwork to try & take advantage of the stardom, which is much of the premise of shows like “Basketball Wives.” This situation, before it was a known hoax, was unfortunately, actually believable because of Manziel’s wild history.
This situation has to show why the Cleveland Browns have been trying to publicly humble Manziel & make him bring in his reigns a bit to be more a part of the team & NFL culture as opposed to being the hot shot celebrity quarterback. So far, the Browns have done a good job of this, even though most people already know that Manziel will be the starting quarterback in the NFL come Week 1.
The NFL celebrity life is nothing like what Manziel had in college, even though Manziel came from money. Now, he is a celebrity with millions in the bank before he steps on the field, & he has to make sure that while he can laugh at this hoax, that it may not be the last one & that a woman that he may have relations with at some point could legitimately pull a stunt like this. Manziel has too much talent & drive to be a great NFL quarterback & I truly believe that he will lead the Browns to the next level, but he has to know that in the NFL, fame & being a “celebrity” can have a player, no matter the talent, out of the league very quickly.