The long, downward spiral of Johnny Manziel’s career has taken another nose dive. Manziel—if any NFL team has the audacity to sign him—will serve a 4-game suspension due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Johnny Football’s issues with substance abuse have been well documented during his short career, but it appears that nothing will stop his precipitous decline.
The suspension only adds to Manziel’s tumultuous offseason. Shortly after the season concluded, rumors swirled about Manziel showing up drunk to practice. Dallas Police investigated a possible assault occurring between Manziel and his girlfriend, which prompted his agent to drop him shortly after. The Browns cut Manziel after selecting him in the first round just two seasons ago.
Everyone around Manziel during the offseason has expressed great concern over his well-being. Manziel has promised to go sober after July 1, but it’s difficult to imagine Manziel quitting everything cold turkey. Last Spring, Manziel checked into a rehab facility to treat his substance abuse issues.
Now that Manziel has received a league suspension, he is officially in the NFL substance abuse program. If he wants to play in the NFL again or even live a long, healthy life, Manziel should seek out help for a sustainable solution.