(CBS) Following a weekend incident that has police probing an alleged assault by Johnny Manziel in the Fort Worth area, the Browns released a harshly worded statement condemning their quarterback’s latest actions and strongly hinting that his time with the organization will be coming to an end.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,'” executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Manziel, 23, has checkered past. He has a misdemeanor on his record from his college days and in October was stopped by police following a roadside incident with his girlfriend, though no charges were filed there. In November 2014, he and his entourage were involved in a hotel lobby fight.
Photos of Manziel drinking and partying surface regularly on social media, and he entered rehab for unspecified reasons last spring.
Manziel had a chance to audition for the Browns’ starting quarterback job late in the season, but he didn’t leave his mark with his play and then suffered a concussion. He then skipped out on team-mandated treatment for his head injury, with reports surfacing he was in Las Vegas during the weekend of the Browns’ season finale. Manziel threw for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games in 2015, good for a 79.4 passer rating.
The Browns recently hire Brown and a new coach in Hue Jackson, furthering speculation that Manziel isn’t a part of the team’s future. The Browns can’t cut Manziel until the new league year begins on March 9, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.